early bird

noun

1
: an early riser
2
: one that arrives early and especially before possible competitors

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, the once-geriatric stigma of being an early bird is gone. Rachel Sugar Jane Dickson, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Confuciusornis is a relatively early bird ancestor, which suggests that this behavior evolved quite early and was significant in the evolutionary success of birds. Jon Tennant, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2016 And the early bird gets the headline — for a day, until actual, more legitimate groups start to weigh in. Glenn Whippcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2023 And remember: the early bird gets the coveted Khaite trousers, or however that saying goes. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2022 Different kinds of trips demand different types of planning, but as the saying goes, the early bird often gets the worm. Ramsey Qubein, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Oct. 2022 If the early bird gets the worm, what does the night owl get? Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 1 Oct. 2013 And remember: the early bird gets the coveted Khaite trousers, or however that saying goes. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2022 Still, being an early bird may come with some health benefits. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Early bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/early%20bird. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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