- a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.
- a person who gains an unfair advantage by getting ahead of others.
Origin of sooner
- a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma (the Sooner State) (used as a nickname).
- within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.
- before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.
- promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.
- readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.
- early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.
- Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.
- sooner or later, eventually: Sooner or later his luck will run out.
- would sooner, to prefer to: I would sooner not go to their party.Compare rather(def 9).
Origin of soon
Examples from the Web for sooner
Then as now, we all are at stake, and sooner or later, we all must make a stand.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
Finding the correct combination of hormones for your body and your unique genetic background is crucial, the sooner, the better.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
This one, too, will go the way of all respiratory infections and sooner probably than later.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
Those goals are like a desert mirage, and the sooner everyone realizes it the better the medium will be.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies
August 28, 2014
“I hope we do it sooner rather than later,” said Feige, who declined to participate in this article.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World
August 7, 2014
No sooner did the thought occur to him than he acted upon it.Brave and Bold
So he lay down in the coffin but no sooner was he inside when bang!Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But if I join to you, I'll have to meet him sooner or later.
The sooner you go to see Miss Wilder the sooner you'll know her fate.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
No sooner was the first light streaking the horizon to the east than Andrew wakened.
- the comparative of soon he came sooner than I thought
- rather; in preferenceI'd sooner die than give up
- no sooner…than immediately after or whenno sooner had he got home than the rain stopped; no sooner said than done
- sooner or later eventually; inevitably
- in or after a short time; in a little while; before longthe doctor will soon be here
- as soon as at the very moment thatshe burst into tears as soon as she saw him
- as soon…as used to indicate that the second alternative mentioned is not preferable to the firstI'd just as soon go by train as drive
Word Origin and History for sooner
Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.