Sooner
Sooner Soon"er, n. In the western United States, one who settles on government land before it is legally open to settlement in order to gain the prior claim that the law gives to the first settler when the land is opened to settlement; hence, any one who does a thing prematurely or anticipates another in acting in order to gain an unfair advantage. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • sooner — ☆ sooner [so͞on′ər ] n. [< compar. of SOON] 1. a person occupying homestead land, as formerly in the western U.S., before the authorized time for doing so, thus gaining an unfair advantage in choice of location 2. [S ] Informal a person born… …   English World dictionary

  • sooner — soon|er [ sunər ] adverb * earlier than expected: My prediction has come true sooner than I thought. a new test for detecting certain cancers much sooner than before I d sooner do something SPOKEN used for saying what you would prefer to do: I d… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sooner — [[t]su͟ːnə(r)[/t]] 1) Sooner is the comparative of soon. 2) PHRASE You say the sooner the better when you think something should be done as soon as possible. Detective Holt said: The kidnapper is a man we must catch and the sooner the better . 3) …   English dictionary

  • sooner — [ˈsuːnə] adv earlier than expected The announcement came sooner than we expected.[/ex] The investigation may be completed sooner than previously thought.[/ex] • I would sooner do sth spoken used for saying what you would prefer to do[/ex] I d… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • sooner */ — UK [ˈsuːnə(r)] / US [ˈsunər] adverb earlier than expected My prediction has come true sooner than I thought. a new test for detecting certain cancers much sooner than before • no sooner ... than used for saying that something happens immediately… …   English dictionary

  • sooner — /ˈsunə/ (say soohnuh) adverb 1. comparative of soon. 2. rather; preferably: I d sooner jump off than climb down. –noun Colloquial 3. a lazy person. 4. a working animal or machine which fails to perform. –phrase 5. sooner or later, eventually. { …   Australian English dictionary

  • sooner — See: HAD RATHER or HAD SOONER, NO SOONER THAN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sooner — See: HAD RATHER or HAD SOONER, NO SOONER THAN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sooner — See: had rather or had sooner, no sooner than …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sooner — adverb 1) he should have done it sooner Syn: earlier, before now 2) I would sooner stay Syn: rather, preferably, given the choice …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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