early bird


: an early riser
: one that arrives early and especially before possible competitors

Examples of early bird in a Sentence

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Word History


from the proverb, "the early bird catches the worm"

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of early bird was in 1830

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“Early bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/early%20bird. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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