early

early

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English

Etymology

From Middle English erly, erli, from Old English ǣrlīċe, ārlīċe (early; early in the morning), equivalent to ere +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Norse árla ( > Danish and Norwegian årle, Swedish arla, Faroese árla). Compare also West Frisian earen (early).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɝli/, enPR: ûr′lē
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɜː.li/, enPR: ûr′lē
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)li
  • Hyphenation: ear‧ly
  • Homophone: Earley

Adjective

early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)

  1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
  2. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
  3. Near the start or beginning.
  4. Having begun to occur; in its early stages.

Synonyms

  • (at a time in advance of the usual): premature
  • (near the start): first

Antonyms

  • (at a time in advance of the usual): late
  • (illness: having begun to occur): terminal

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Translations

Adverb

early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)

  1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
  2. Soon; in good time; seasonably.
    • Bible, Proverbs viii. 17
      Those that seek me early shall find me.
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
      You must wake and call me early.

Synonyms

  • prematurely

Antonyms

  • late, tardily

Translations

Noun

early (plural earlies)

  1. (informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.

Antonyms

  • late

Anagrams

  • Arely, Layer, Leary, Raley, Rayle, layer, leary, re-lay, relay

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