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- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ûr′lē, IPA(key): /ˈɜːli/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) enPR: ûr′lē, IPA(key): /ˈɝli/
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- Homophone: Earley
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)li
- Hyphenation: ear‧ly
From Middle English erly, erlich, earlich, from Old English ǣrlīċ (“early”, adjective), equivalent to ere + -ly.
early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)
- At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
- at eleven, we went for an early lunch; she began reading at an early age; his mother suffered an early death
- 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
- Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages. Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
- Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
- You're early today! I don't usually see you before nine o'clock.
- The early guests sipped their punch and avoided each other's eyes.
- Near the start or beginning.
- The play "Two Gentlemen of Verona" is one of Shakespeare's early works.
- Early results showed their winning 245 out of 300 seats in parliament. The main opponent locked up only 31 seats.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- 'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
- 2013 July 20, “The attack of the MOOCs”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations.
- Near the start of the day.
- It's too early for this sort of thing. I'm not awake yet.
- Having begun to occur; in its early stages.
- early cancer
- (astronomy) Of a star or class of stars, hotter than the sun.
- Antonym: late
- be a hundred years too early
- bright and early
- early-type star
- early adopter
- early and late
- early binding
- early bird
- early bird catches the worm
- early bird special
- early blight
- early childhood
- early childhood education
- early closing
- early day motion
- early days
- early door
- early doors
- early fetal demise
- early innings
- Early Latin
- early lifer
- early mark
- early modern
- early music
- early night
- early on
- early position
- early purple orchid
- early queening
- early retiree
- early retirement
- early retirement pensioner
- early riser
- early saxifrage
- early Shōwa
- early Showa
- early shower
- early spider orchid
- early syphilis
- early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
- Early Tripuri
- early vote
- early voter
- early voting
- early warning radar
- early winter cress
- early withdrawal
- get up early
- like turkeys voting for an early Christmas
- nice and early
- small and early
- the early bird catches the worm
- the early bird gets the worm
at a time in advance of the usual
arriving at a time before expected
near the start or beginning
illness: having begun to occur
early (plural earlies)
- (informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.
- 2007, Paul W. Browning, The Good Guys Wear Blue, page 193:
- On my first day on the watch after leaving the shoplifting squad I paraded on earlies but had completely forgotten to take my ear ring off.
From Middle English erly, orely, arely, erliche, arliche, from Old English ǣrlīċe, ārlīċe (“early; early in the morning”, adverb), equivalent to ere + -ly. Cognate with Old Norse árliga, árla ( > Danish årle, Swedish arla, Norwegian årle, Faroese árla).
early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)
- At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC, page 46:
- No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
- We finished the project an hour sooner than scheduled, so we left early.
- Soon; in good time; seasonably.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Proverbs 8:17, column 1:
- [T]thoſe that ſeeke me early, ſhall find me.
- 1832 December (indicated as 1833), Alfred Tennyson, “The May Queen”, in Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], →OCLC, stanza I, page 90:
- You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear; / Tomorrow 'ill be the happiest time of all the blythe Newyear; […]
at a time before expected
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