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 But the sooner that information can be communicated, the quicker things can get back on track. Clinton M Padgett, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being criticized for tasking the EU with centralized negotiations instead of striking out on her own sooner to get more of the vaccine for Germany itself. John Follain, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2021 The bottom line is that the sooner there is a resolution — any resolution — the easier investors will breathe. NBC News, 2 Nov. 2020 And the sooner we can be heard with curiosity, compassion and empathy. Howie Milstein, Star Tribune, 11 Sep. 2020 What about specific regions in California opening sooner? Joe Passantino, CNN, 8 May 2020 Some companies like electric-car manufacturer Tesla have considered opening sooner. Chase Difeliciantonio,, 5 May 2020 The sooner that gets into the hands of small businesses, the better. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2020 And in the past five drafts, 23 Sooners have been picked at a median position of 115. Andy Staples,, 22 Aug. 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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Dictionary Entries Near sooner

soon enough


sooner or later

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“Sooner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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