soon·​er | \ ˈsü-nər How to pronounce sooner (audio) \

Definition of sooner

1 : a person settling on land in the early West before its official opening to settlement in order to gain the prior claim allowed by law to the first settler after official opening
2 capitalized : a native or resident of Oklahoma used as a nickname

Examples of sooner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bottom line is that the sooner there is a resolution — any resolution — the easier investors will breathe. NBC News, "A succession crisis or a 'blue wave?' Wall Street faces the unknown," 2 Nov. 2020 And the sooner we can be heard with curiosity, compassion and empathy. Howie Milstein, Star Tribune, "Getting along in America: Here's what's very human about our divisions," 11 Sep. 2020 What about specific regions in California opening sooner? Joe Passantino, CNN, "California reopening begins Friday: Here's what you need to know," 8 May 2020 Some companies like electric-car manufacturer Tesla have considered opening sooner. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Coronavirus: Can tech allay the dangers of the Bay Area office of the future?," 5 May 2020 The sooner that gets into the hands of small businesses, the better. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy plans $300 million for small business aid, but it won’t be quick," 8 Apr. 2020 And in the past five drafts, 23 Sooners have been picked at a median position of 115. Andy Staples,, "The Big 12's Existential Crisis Comes Down to One Missing Thing: Talent," 22 Aug. 2017 Then, on Wednesday at Oklahoma, there was an offseason shocker: Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced his retirement after 18 seasons and the 33-year-old Riley became the youngest head coach in the FBS. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Red River revival with Herman, Riley can turn around Big 12," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of sooner

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sooner

sooner, comparative of soon

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The first known use of sooner was in 1890

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11 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sooner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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