From Proto-Germanic *airi- (“before”), cognate with Old English from ǣr (“ere, before”).
- before, early, former, past, pre-
- ancient, coming before, preceding
- premature, coming too early or too soon
- very, exceeding; prime
Terms derived from ær-
- ǣrgōd (“very good, of prime quality, first-rate”)
- ǣrweoruld (“ancient world, former world”)