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
Recent Examples of sooner from the Web
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.
Sooner or later, there will be another correction, and eventually a bear market.
A: Sooner or later some leaves must fall, even from roses.
Sooner or later the natural carrying capacity for bears will be in decline.
Suspicion: the sooner that 9-year old gets taken away from that family, the better his chances of becoming a better person.
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Origin and Etymology of sooner
sooner, comparative of soon
First Known Use: 1890See Words from the same year
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