sooner

[soo-ner]
noun
1.
a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.
2.
a person who gains an unfair advantage by getting ahead of others.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; soon + -er1

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Sooner

[soo-ner]
noun
a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma (the Sooner State, ) (used as a nickname).

soon

[soon]
adverb, sooner, soonest.
1.
within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.
2.
before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.
3.
promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.
4.
readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.
5.
early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.
6.
Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.
Idioms
7.
sooner or later, eventually: Sooner or later his luck will run out.
8.
would sooner, to prefer to: I would sooner not go to their party. Compare rather ( def 8 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English sōna; cognate with Old High German sān, Gothic suns

currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at immediately)(see usage note at presently).
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soon (suːn)
 
adv
1.  in or after a short time; in a little while; before long: the doctor will soon be here
2.  as soon as at the very moment that: she burst into tears as soon as she saw him
3.  as soon…as used to indicate that the second alternative mentioned is not preferable to the first: I'd just as soon go by train as drive
 
[Old English sōna; related to Old High German sāno, Gothic suns]

sooner (ˈsuːnə)
 
adv
1.  the comparative of soon : he came sooner than I thought
2.  rather; in preference: I'd sooner die than give up
3.  no sooner…than immediately after or when: no sooner had he got home than the rain stopped; no sooner said than done
4.  sooner or later eventually; inevitably
 
usage  When is sometimes used instead of than after no sooner, but this use is generally regarded as incorrect: no sooner had he arrived than (not when) the telephone rang

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soon
O.E. sona "at once, immediately," from W.Gmc. *sæno (cf. O.Fris. son, O.S. sana, O.H.G. san, Goth. suns "soon"). Sense shifted early M.E. to "within a short time" through human nature (cf. anon). Amer.Eng. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930, from the fact that in 1889 many settlers of the territory
snuck onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.
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Example sentences for +sooner
Barriers usually fail sooner or later, or the bamboo within suffers greatly.
Unfortunately, no sooner had this been achieved than it was lost again.
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