The word “earlier” has 2 syllables: ear-lier.

It's pronounced as /ˈɜːrliər/.

What is synonym and antonym for earlier?

In the thesaurus, “earlier” has 10 synonyms and 3 antonyms.

Here are synonyms and antonyms for earlier along with examples of usage in sentences.

Synonyms for earlier

  • ahead
  • already
  • before
  • before now
  • early
  • former
  • past
  • previous
  • previously
  • prior

Antonyms for earlier

  • afterward
  • afterwards
  • later

Meanings of earlier

  • adjective
    1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
    2. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
    3. Near the start or beginning.
    4. Having begun to occur; in its early stages.
    5. Of a star or class of stars, hotter than the sun.
  • adverb
    1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
    2. Soon; in good time; seasonably.

Example Sentences

  • She mentioned the important details earlier in the meeting.
  • The store closed earlier than usual due to the holiday.
  • He wished he had studied the material earlier for the exam.
  • The sun set earlier during the winter months.
  • They finished their work earlier than expected, allowing time for relaxation.

On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, or another words to earlier, such as: afterward, afterwards, ahead, already, before, before now, early.

Make sure to choose synonyms and antonyms that are appropriate for the context of the sentence.

Word List