earliness


earliness
early ADJECTIVE (earlier, earliest) & ADVERB 1) before the usual or expected time. 2) of or at the beginning of a particular time, period, or sequence.
at the earliest — Cf. at the earliest
early bird — Cf. ↑early bird
the early bird catches the worm — Cf. ↑the early bird catches the worm
early (or earlier) on — Cf. ↑early on
it's early days — Cf. ↑it's early days
DERIVATIVES earliness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • Earliness — Ear li*ness, n. The state of being early or forward; promptness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earliness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Earliness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 1 =>{ant,133,} earliness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 morning morning &c. 125 GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 punctuality punctuality Sgm: N 2 promptitude promptitude …   English dictionary for students

  • earliness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Occurrence near the beginning of a period of time Nouns 1. (early arrival) earliness, punctuality, promptitude, alacrity, dispatch, expedition, readiness, preparation; haste; head start, lead time, advance …   English dictionary for students

  • earliness — noun see early II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • earliness — See early. * * * …   Universalium

  • earliness — noun The condition of being early …   Wiktionary

  • earliness — Synonyms and related words: anachronism, antecedence, antecedency, antedate, antedating, anteriority, anticipation, earlier state, historical error, lateness, metachronism, misdate, misdating, mistiming, parachronism, past time, postdating,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • earliness — ear·li·ness || Éœrlɪnɪs /ɜːl n. state of being early …   English contemporary dictionary

  • earliness — ear·li·ness …   English syllables

  • earliness — noun quality of coming early or earlier in time • Ant: ↑lateness • Derivationally related forms: ↑early • Hypernyms: ↑timing • Hyponyms: ↑forwardness, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary