- (dialectal) early
1857, S. H. Hammond, Wild Northern Scenes:
- 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:
- Ye're up airly the mornin'.
1921, Nellie L. McClung, Purple Springs:
- "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."