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ˈsu nərsoon·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oklahoman, Sooneradverb

    a native or resident of Oklahoma

  2. sooner, earlieradverb

    comparatives of `soon' or `early'

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

  3. preferably, sooner, ratheradverb

    more readily or willingly

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


  1. sooneradverb


    I would sooner die than marry you!

  2. Soonernoun

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

  3. Soonernoun

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


  1. sooner

    Sooners is the name given to settlers who entered the Unassigned Lands in what is now the state of Oklahoma before the official start of the Land Rush of 1889. The Unassigned Lands were a part of Indian Territory that, after a lobbying campaign, were to be opened to American settlement in 1889. President Benjamin Harrison officially proclaimed the Unassigned Lands open to settlement on April 22, 1889. As people lined up around the borders of the Oklahoma District, they waited for the official opening. It was not until noon that it officially was opened to settlement. The name derived from the "sooner clause" of Proclamation 288 — Opening to Settlement Certain Lands in the Indian Territory, which stated that anyone who entered and occupied the land prior to the opening time would be denied the right to claim land.The designation "Sooner" initially had a very negative connotation. While "Boomers" were merely expressing "pioneer spirit" in their desire to take and settle formerly Indian territory, Sooners were essentially stealing from other white settlers by cheating on the claim requirements to get better land. However, these negative connotations rapidly cooled as time passed after 1889 and land claims were settled. By the time of statehood, Sooner had become an affectionate term for Oklahomans as a whole with a whiff of rebellion. In 1908, the University of Oklahoma football team adopted the nickname "Sooners". The U.S. state of Oklahoma has been popularly nicknamed the "Sooner State" since the 1920s.

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

Anagrams for sooner »

  1. nooser

  2. sonero

  3. seroon

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sooner in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sooner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sooner in a Sentence

  1. Rhode Island:

    If I would have known then what I know now, I would have shut down sooner, there's no doubt about Rhode Island.

  2. Alex Cora:

    It’s not going to be easy, obviously, because there’s been some down time but at the same time, we hope everything goes well and we can get them sooner rather than later.

  3. Lisa Dabney:

    Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm, it has been shown to have some efficacy at three days, but the sooner you take it the better.

  4. Richard Liu:

    Sooner or later, our entire industry will be operated by AI (artificial intelligence) and robots, not humans.

  5. *REESE*:

    Patience Is The Best Way 2 Expose A Liar,Because Sooner Than Later They Will Forget The Lies They Told!

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