Three times,” he says angrily, “thou shalt betray me ere the cock crows.
A pretty thing to 'ave my name in all the papers about 'ere as torturing a goose!
“We must call Kit into counsel, ere we can do that fully,” said Stephen.
Or else, "'ere's to 'er as shares our sorrers and doubles our joys!"
But just ere the silent became unendurable, a thought appeared in the void.
I have never seen them; though I trust to see them ere I die.
The boy was sickly: he might be taken from him ere he had made any true acquaintance with him!
Reflect, then, I entreat you, ere you afford even a causeless impression of distance or estrangement.
"Were he alive we should have had word of him ere now," said he.
Nature does but sleep, and will, perhaps, ere long awake again.
c.1200, from Old English ær (adv., conj., & prep.) "soon, before (in time)," from Proto-Germanic *airiz, comparative of *air "early" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German er, Dutch eer; German eher "earlier;" Old Norse ar "early;" Gothic air "early," airis "earlier"), from PIE *ayer- "day, morning" (cf. Avestan ayar "day;" Greek eerios "at daybreak," ariston "breakfast"). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ærest "earliest."