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airly (comparative airlier, superlative airliest)

  1. (dialectal) early
    • 1857, S. H. Hammond, Wild Northern Scenes[1]:
      The winter had set in airly, and the snow had lain deep for months, and the game of the woods had got pretty well starved out.
    • 1887, Homer Greene, Burnham Breaker[2]:
      Ye're up airly the mornin'.
    • 1921, Nellie L. McClung, Purple Springs[3]:
      "They're comin' airly," said John Watson, slowly, as he shook down the bag of seed wheat that he had just filled; "but I guess they are the best judge of whether they can make a livin' outside any longer."