an early bird

early bird

1. Someone who is more active and alert in the early hours of the morning than later in the day; an early riser. I tried dating an early bird once, but since I like to sleep in late, it didn't really work out. I suppose it's more out of necessity than anything, but I turned into an early bird as soon as I had kids.
2. Someone who arrives early to an event. We'd better have everything ready for the garage sale—the early birds will be here sniffing around before we get a chance to set up.
See also: bird, early

an early bird

1. If you call someone an early bird, you mean that they get up early in the morning to do things. We've always been early birds, up at 5.30 or 6am. Note: Early-bird can also be used to describe things that are available to people who get up early. The early-bird rate for parking (in by 10 a.m., out by 7 p.m.) at the Millennium Park Garage is $14 weekdays.
2. If you call someone an early bird, you mean that they succeed in doing something before other people. Florida has been an early bird in terms of presidential voting for some time. Note: Early-bird can also be used to describe things that are available to these people. An early-bird discount is sometimes available at the beginning of the season.
See also: bird, early
References in classic literature ?
As she leaned over her little balcony, watching an early bird get the worm, and wondering how she should like Uncle Alec, she saw a man leap the garden wall and come whistling up the path.
No, he answered, generally he's an early bird -- airley to bed and airley to rise --yes, he's the bird what catches the worm.
Etihad Airways has launched an Early Bird premium offer with very attractive Business Class fares to many of the airline's worldwide destinations.
There's also an early bird discount of 10 percent for those who pay on or before Jan.
TEHRAN (FNA)- There is plenty of science to support the fact that being an early bird can bring you all sorts of success - in business and in life.
The festival has become one of the UK's most established celebrations of the malt tipple and to mark its fifth birthday there will be a number of special events, as well as an early bird discount on tickets.
New York (CruiseGuide Cruising & Travel News) Mon, Feb 10, 2014 - Eurail is offering an Early Bird deal which offers non-European residents free travel days on Eurail Global Passes purchased from Feb.
New sponsors can take advantage of an Early Bird Sponsorship for $3,000; after April 20: $3,500.
By opening an Early Bird ISA Feeder, customers can use the service to start earning interest on next year's ISA allowance now - without having to wait for the new tax year to start in April.
Barona Resort and Casino, a US-based hotel and casino company, has announced an Early Bird Power Giveaway programme in September 2011.
Prices are pounds 180 for adults (pounds 160 for an early bird deal), pounds 100 for OAPs and university students (pounds 90 early bird deal); and pounds 35 for children under 14 (pounds 30 early bird deal).
Coventry City are offering an early bird car-park season ticket for the first time to run in tandem with the early bird season ticket.
The National Autistic Society runs an Early Bird programme, which through early intervention, shows parents how to understand their child's autism and adapt the way they communicate.
Those who register by February 26, will receive an early bird discount of $100.
Called Mononychus, such fossil specimens display several anatomical features characteristic of avians, leading the discoverers to classify the animal as an early bird.