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  • adverb obsolete On the day before yesterday.
  • noun obsolete The day before yesterday.


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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"), Ancient Greek ἠέριος (ēérios, "at daybreak"), see also era) + Middle English, from Old English geostran dæg, compounded from geostran ("yesterday"), from Proto-Germanic *gestra-, from Proto-Indo-European *ghes; + Middle English day, from Old English dæg, from Proto-Germanic *dagaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dhegh- (“to burn”).


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  • According to a few internet sources (like this one), Early Middle English term of Dutch origins meaning "the day before yesterday". Sometimes spelled hereyesterday.

    See also nudiustertian.

    February 5, 2009