What does sooner mean?

Definitions for sooner
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.


  1. sooner

    "Sooner" is an adverb that is used to indicate that something should happen or is expected to happen earlier or before a specified time. It can also be used to compare two instances and indicate that one event happened before another.

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. Margaret Mead:

    Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.

  2. Steve Blake:

    I’d like it to be sooner rather than later.

  3. Lee Simpson:

    Royalties growth in the first half is better than hoped, with (volumes of MIPS shipped) stabilizing sooner than expected.

  4. Matt House:

    After a number of questions along the parade route about the fate of the President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senator believed he was being asked,' when will you defeat Donald Trump,' and responded,' the sooner the better,' noting that we need Republicans to defeat the nomination, as he has said many times and continues to believe, talk of impeachment is premature, and Special Counsel( Robert) Mueller's investigation should be allowed to continue without any interference.

  5. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz:

    This is a moment of truth for Assad. Does he want to be an Iranian proxy, or not? if he becomes an Iranian proxy, then sooner or later he's condemning himself, because Israel is acting against Iran in Syria ... If not, then we have always said we have no interest in getting involved there.

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