• WordNet 3.6
    • adv sooner more readily or willingly "clean it well, preferably with warm water","I'd rather be in Philadelphia","I'd sooner die than give up"
    • adv sooner comparatives of `soon' or `early' "Come a little sooner, if you can","came earlier than I expected"
    • n Sooner a native or resident of Oklahoma
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sooner 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sooner In the western States, any one who settles on government territory before it is legally opened to settlers and thus gains the choice of land and location; hence, any one who gains an unfair advantage by getting ahead of others.
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  • Quintus Ennius
    Quintus Ennius
    “No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.”
  • John Keats
    “I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.”
  • Red Skelton
    Red Skelton
    “All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.”
  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.”


In literature:

I will dig the fields sooner than be worse treated than a dog.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
As for that sweet, darling girl, would he not sooner lose his life than harm her?
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
He then proceeded to carve the nose, but no sooner had he made it than it began to grow.
"Pinocchio" by C. Collodi
Henry had sworn again and again to observe the Charter and his oath was no sooner taken than it was unscrupulously broken.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
No sooner had the lamp been lighted, after the door was closed, than Paul stepped over to the table desk which he knew so well.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
Halsey no sooner entered the room than he, too, fell upon his knees, lifting his face upward as if in silent and fervent prayer.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
No sooner had the advance begun than the enemy opened a terrific fire.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
She had known that it was, that it would be so, that, sooner or later, the woman would come back.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
If that is decency, I'd sooner be indecent.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Maybe so, Sheela; but there's a man of them there, and I'd sooner him out than in.
"Poets and Dreamers" by Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
How the old man had fallen to this vanity no one knew, but sooner or later all the money he made was converted into fillings.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
Alas, sooner or later, is not that what comes to every mother concerning the child she loves best?
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
This obliged me, much sooner than I intended, to decamp.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Well, I've got to have my appendix out sooner or later.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Had Mr. Daubeny closed an hour sooner there would, with a little stretching of the favoured hours, have been time enough.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
The sooner you bundle me back to where I came from, the better.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
And when any Green Valley folks go a-traveling they sooner or later write to Grandma Wentworth.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
He thought, the sooner the plunge was made, the better, maybe.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I would sooner beg my bread than face that tunnel once again.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The sooner the better!
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père

In poetry:

They'll waft us sooner o'er
This life's tempestuous sea;
Soon we shall reach the peaceful shore
Of blest eternity.
"Psalm 90" by Isaac Watts
She had nae sooner buskit hersel,
And putten on her goun,
But Edom o' Gordon and his men
Were round about the toun.
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
She had nae sooner buskit hersel',
And putten on her gown,
Till Edom o' Gordon and his men
Were round about the town.
"Edom O' Gordon" by Andrew Lang
Chrysanthemums in Autumn:
While they shine
I'll wear them in my hair,
For sooner than the flowers'
May come my ending.
"Chrysanthemums in Autumn:" by Ki no Tsurayuki
I scorn the love that comes too late—
For sooner would I bid them hate!
That would death's dull hours beguile—
For I should then be calm—and smile!
"To The Departed" by Ernest Jones
The drought in the West may spread ruin around,
But the dread drought of life in the city is found;
And I’d far sooner tread on the long dusty way,
Where each one you meet says, “Good day, mate, good day.”
"Over the Ranges and Into the West" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Well, it was about to happen sooner than later, right.
After romping Texas, Oklahoma's Landry Jones says Sooners 'can go however far we want to go'.
Owning your own mechanical servant may happen a lot sooner than you think, say our expert panelists.
Hey, we've all been there, and we know that, sooner or later, it will happen again.
In the future, they'll get their cars back sooner, and be charged just $38.50 a day for storage plus a fee of $228.
While addressing the Sooners' 24-19 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, Stoops said Jones might just be trying to do too much.
Real Estate, Unemployment Rates Remain Relatively Stagnant in Sooner State.
That West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith hasn't thrown an interception since last season's finale at South Florida was bound to be brought up sooner or later.
Their season ended sooner than expected, so the Atlanta Falcons haven't had time to come up with a title for their highlight film.
A few hundred billion dollars here, a few hundred billion dollars there — sooner or later we're talking about the real cost of Barack Obama's new socialized medicine monstrosity.
OU's Heupel says Sooners have plenty to ' iron out ' after too-close-for-comfort win over UTEP.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stumps in the Sooner State.
Sooner or later , your credit card number will be stolen.
Sooner or later you'll get a Sutter.
Talks with Jets to come ' sooner or later '.

In science:

My prediction is that DM will be understood sooner than SUSY is proved.
Summary of the XXXIX Rencontres de Moriond
Near the edges of the profile the subpulses ar r ive later than is to be expected based on a linear dr iftband, in the middle they ar r ive sooner.
Radio Pulsars
In the case with Λ = 0, such a system could not be in hydrostatical equilibrium; sooner or later the system will collapse under it’s own gravity.
On astrophysical bounds of the cosmological constant
From a scientist’s point of view there is hardly any advantage in e-VLBI except that the data could become available sooner after the observation.
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
Thus, if we send a sequence of pulses between the source and detector, some will take longer than the classical time, but some will arrive sooner.
Stochastic Spacetime and Brownian Motion of Test Particles
Indeed, sooner or later the massive inflaton particles, even if significantly under-abundant at the end of preheating, will become the dominant component, and the universe will again be matter-dominated.
Equation of state and Beginning of Thermalization After Preheating
Furthermore, the larger the OCR the sooner, i.e. the smaller ed value at which, this q/p=1.5 limit value is reached.
Experimental Test of the validity of "Isotropic" Approximation for the Mechanical Behaviour of Clay
Although the increase of the hard-pomeron contribution in FL with increasing Q2 is not quite as strong as in F2 the soft-pomeron contribution is even more suppressed so the hard pomeron is dominant sooner in FL than in F2 .
A Comprehensive Approach to Structure Functions
The desired checks will come sooner rather than later.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
In particular, we show that measures based on co-access provide better coverage than co-citation, that they are available much sooner, and that they are more accurate for recent papers.
Recommending Related Papers Based on Digital Library Access Records
Access data does not suffer from the drawbacks of citation data, since it is available sooner and can easily be extracted from digital library access logs.
Recommending Related Papers Based on Digital Library Access Records
But sooner or later, someone was bound to have a better idea.
Astrophysics in 2006
So sooner or later, k will reach the value of l, in which case the first special case is applicable, or l will reach the value of 1, in which case the second special case is applicable.
Multiple hits in wire chambers and other particle detectors
Units at higher stress will tend to fail sooner than those at lower stress.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Figure 10 shows that failures occur much sooner at high voltage stress.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models