American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Early; soon.
- Before; formerly.
- Before, in respect of time.
- Before; sooner than.
- n. An obsolete form of ear.
- An obsolete form of ear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. Archaic or Poetic Before; sooner than.
- prep. Rather than.
- v. To plow. [Obs.] See ear, v. t.
- From Middle English ere, from Old English ǣr. (adverb, conjunction, & preposition), from Proto-Germanic *airiz comparative of Proto-Germanic *airi (“early”), from Proto-Indo-European *áyeri (“day, morning”) (compare Avestan 𐬀𐬫𐬀𐬭 (ayar, "day"), Gk. ἠέριος (ēérios, "at daybreak"), see also era). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ǣrest ("earliest"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English er, from Old English ǣr; see ayer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I told 'im to be' ere under this tree; he wants more lookin 'after than any -- oh, _'ere_ you are!”
“Doubtless he will be stripped of this title ere long, like Captain Dreyfus having his sword ceremonially broken and the epaulettes torn from his shoulders.”
“The ere is a problem, we know what we need to look for and we need to enforce the existing laws.”
“To ere is human … to forgive is divine, God bless Elizabeth Edwards and the children”
“This super'tendent 'ere is always writin' to the papers 'bout us mugs," said the man on the other side of me.”
“And beside it is Keola, slain ere his time and made into a spear-head for love of the woman whose shin-bone abides near to him.”
“And anyone who thinks the gatekeeper ere is rapidly coming to an end is living in a cave.”
“H ere is a review of my book "American Inquisition" by Jeremy Kuzmarov at History News Network.”
“[H] ere is Reagan's resumption as President on July 13, 1985 under the 25th Amendment, in its entirety:”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Most of the time when I received the phone calls, the phone calls ere from Pakistan.”
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