Definitions for soonerˈsu nər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soon•erˈsu nər(n.)

  1. a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.

Origin of sooner:

1885–90, Amer.;soon+-er1

Soon•erˈsu nər(n.)

  1. a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma (the Soon′er State`) (used as a nickname).

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oklahoman, Sooner(adverb)

    a native or resident of Oklahoma

  2. sooner, earlier(adverb)

    comparatives of `soon' or `early'

    "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"

  3. preferably, sooner, rather(adverb)

    more readily or willingly

    "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sooner(adverb)ˈsu nər

    indicates sth happens immediately after sth else

    No sooner had he arrived than he noticed something was wrong.

  2. soonerˈsu nər

    indicates you think sth should happen or be done as quickly as possible

    The sooner we have a new president, the better.

  3. soonerˈsu nər

    indicates you think sth will definitely happen or be done

    Sooner or later he's going to get himself in trouble.


  1. sooner(Adverb)


    I would sooner die than marry you!

  2. Sooner(Noun)

    A native or resident of the American state of Oklahoma; a sports competitor representing the University of Oklahoma.

  3. Sooner(Noun)

    One who crossed into Indian territory before the official opening of settlement, in order to obtain land sooner.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sooner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3662

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sooner' in Adverbs Frequency: #304


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