sooner

noun
soon·​er | \ˈsü-nər \

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

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And in the past five drafts, 23 Sooners have been picked at a median position of 115. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Big 12's Existential Crisis Comes Down to One Missing Thing: Talent," 22 Aug. 2017 And no sooner was the profile posted than Callimachi returned to the deadly serious reporting business at hand. vanityfair.com, "Even ISIS Can’t Resist Criticizing the Media," 9 Aug. 2017 And no sooner was the profile posted than Callimachi returned to the deadly serious reporting business at hand. The Hive, "Even ISIS Can’t Resist Criticizing the Media," 9 Aug. 2017 Suspicion: the sooner that 9-year old gets taken away from that family, the better his chances of becoming a better person. Rob Beschizza, WIRED, "Elsewhere at Wired," 18 Jan. 2007 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 Sooner or later, there will be another correction, and eventually a bear market. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Buy? Sell? Politics May Move the Market, but Rarely for Long," 25 May 2017 A: Sooner or later some leaves must fall, even from roses. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Decisions, decisions for crape myrtle selection," 13 May 2017 Sooner or later the natural carrying capacity for bears will be in decline. National Geographic, "Dead Cubs, Illegal Baiting Lead to Bear Hunt Suspension," 28 June 2016

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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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