(adjective, adverb)


1. (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early

- a fashion popular in earlier times

- his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher

- Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera

Similar word(s): early, earliest

Sentences with earlier as an adjective:

- I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.


1. earlier in time; previously

- he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier

- her parents had died four years earlier

- I mentioned that problem earlier

Similar word(s): before

2. comparatives of `soon' or `early'

- came earlier than I expected

Similar word(s): sooner

3. before now

Similar word(s): originally

Sentences with earlier as an adverb:

- I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.