Synonyms for early

Synonyms for (adjective) early

Synonyms: early

Definition: at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

Usage: early morning; an early warning; early diagnosis; an early death; took early retirement; an early spring; early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties

Similar words: aboriginal, primaeval, primal, primeval, primordial

Definition: having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

Usage: aboriginal forests; primal eras before the appearance of life on earth; the forest primeval; primordial matter; primordial forms of life


Similar words: advance, beforehand

Definition: being ahead of time or need

Usage: gave advance warning; was beforehand with her report


Similar words: archaean, archean

Definition: of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon


Similar words: archaeozoic, archeozoic

Definition: of or belonging to earlier of two divisions of the Precambrian era

Usage: archeozoic life forms


Similar words: azoic

Definition: before the appearance of life

Usage: azoic rocks contain not organic remains


Similar words: earlier, earliest

Definition: (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early

Usage: a fashion popular in earlier times; his earlier work reflects the influence of his teacher; Verdi's earliest and most raucous opera


Similar words: earlyish

Definition: being somewhat early

Usage: at an earlyish hour


Similar words: premature, untimely

Definition: uncommonly early or before the expected time

Usage: illness led to his premature death; alcohol brought him to an untimely end


Similar words: premature, previous

Definition: too soon or too hasty

Usage: our condemnation of him was a bit previous; a premature judgment


Similar words: proterozoic

Definition: formed in the later of two divisions of the Precambrian era

Usage: proterozoic life forms


Similar words: proto

Definition: indicating the first or earliest or original

Usage: `proto' is a combining form in a word like `protolanguage' that refers to the hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages


Similar words: wee

Definition: very early

Usage: the wee hours of the morning


Synonyms: early

Definition: being or occurring at an early stage of development

Usage: in an early stage; early forms of life; early man; an early computer

Similar words: primitive, archaic

Definition: little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type

Usage: archaic forms of life; primitive mammals; the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe


Similar words: young, new

Definition: (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

Usage: new potatoes; young corn


Similar words: primitive, rude, crude

Definition: belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness

Usage: the crude weapons and rude agricultural implements of early man; primitive movies of the 1890s; primitive living conditions in the Appalachian mountains


Similar words: embryonic, embryotic

Definition: in an early stage of development

Usage: the embryonic government staffed by survivors of the massacre; an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing


Similar words: inchoate, incipient

Definition: only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

Usage: incipient civil disorder; an incipient tumor; a vague inchoate idea


Similar words: precocious

Definition: appearing or developing early

Usage: precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias


Synonyms: early

Definition: of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

Usage: the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C.; Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700

Similar words: Old

Definition: of a very early stage in development

Usage: Old English is also called Anglo Saxon; Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century


Synonyms: early

Definition: very young

Usage: at an early age

Similar words: young, immature

Definition: (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

Usage: young people


Synonyms: former, early, other

Definition: belonging to the distant past

Usage: the early inhabitants of Europe; former generations; in other times

Similar words: past

Definition: earlier than the present time; no longer current

Usage: time past; his youth is past; this past Thursday; the past year


Synonyms: early

Definition: expected in the near future

Usage: look for an early end to the negotiations

Similar words: future

Definition: yet to be or coming

Usage: some future historian will evaluate him