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1. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time.

Synonyms

  • proterozoic
  • beforehand
  • first
  • untimely
  • premature
  • archaeozoic
  • aboriginal
  • previous
  • primeval
  • wee
  • archaean
  • proto
  • timing
  • archean
  • azoic
  • earliest
  • earlyish
  • primaeval
  • primal
  • primordial
  • archeozoic
  • advance

Antonyms

  • middle
  • late
  • unoriginal
  • secondary

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Early

  • mccurley
  • whirley
  • wherley
  • brearley
  • akerley
  • adderley
  • worley
  • werley
  • verley
  • turley
  • surly
  • shurley
  • shirlie
  • shirley
  • shirlee
  • sherley
  • perley
  • murley
  • kirley
  • kerley
  • kearley
  • hurly
  • hurley
  • gurley
  • girlie
  • durley
  • curly
  • curley
  • cearley
  • burly

How do you pronounce early?

Pronounce early as ˈərli.

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How to spell early? Is it erly? Or ealy? Common misspellings are:

  • erly
  • ealy

Sentences with early


1. Adverb
Plan carefully in the case of three matching tiles, as the wrong pairing could end the game early.

2. Adjective
For cool season grass, dethatch in the early fall.

Quotes about early


1. Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
- J. Paul Getty

2. Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

3. I learned early in my career to not let myself get in the way of humor but, instead, find what is great in a talented person.
- Tamra Davis

2. early-flowering

adjective. of plants that bloom during the spring.

Synonyms

  • late-spring-blooming
  • spring-flowering
  • vernal
  • early-blooming

Antonyms

  • autumnal
  • wintry
  • summer-flowering
  • estival

3. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] being or occurring at an early stage of development.

Synonyms

  • precocious
  • inchoate
  • young
  • incipient
  • new
  • embryonic
  • crude
  • archaic
  • primitive
  • rude

Antonyms

  • back
  • end
  • death
  • closing

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. early

adverb. ['ˈɝːli'] during an early stage.

Antonyms

  • large

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] belonging to the distant past.

Synonyms

  • other
  • former

Antonyms

  • present
  • cardinal
  • opportune

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

6. early

adverb. ['ˈɝːli'] before the usual time or the time expected.

Synonyms

  • too soon

Antonyms

  • full-term
  • mature

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

7. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] very young.

Synonyms

  • immature

Antonyms

  • latter
  • worst

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

8. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] of an early stage in the development of a language or literature.

Antonyms

  • late

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

9. early

adverb. ['ˈɝːli'] in good time.

Antonyms

  • succeeding

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))

10. early

adjective. ['ˈɝːli'] expected in the near future.

Antonyms

  • present

Etymology

  • erly (Middle English (1100-1500))
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