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soon·er

 (so͞o′nər)
n. Slang
1. A person who settled homestead land in the western United States before it was officially made available, in order to have first choice of location.
2. Sooner A native or resident of Oklahoma.

[From soon.]

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

soon•er

(ˈsu nər)

n.
a person who settles on government land before it is legally opened to settlers in order to gain the choice of location.
[1885–90, Amer.; soon + -er1]

Soon•er

(ˈsu nər)

n.
a native or inhabitant of Oklahoma (the Soon′er State`) (used as a nickname).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sooner - a native or resident of Oklahoma
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States
Adv.1.sooner - comparatives of `soon' or `early'; "Come a little sooner, if you can"; "came earlier than I expected"
2.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"

sooner

adverb
1. earlier, before, already, beforehand, ahead of time I thought she would have recovered sooner.
2. rather, more readily, by preference, more willingly They would sooner die than stay in London.
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.
Translations
dříve
tidligere
aikaisemmin
ranije
より早く
조만간
förr
เร็วกว่า
sớm hơn

sooner

[ˈsuːnəʳ] ADV
1. (of time) → antes, más temprano
can't you come a bit sooner?¿no puedes venir un poco antes or un poco más temprano?
we got there soonernosotros llegamos antes
the sooner we start the sooner we finishcuanto antes empecemos, antes acabaremos
the sooner the bettercuanto antes mejor
sooner or latertarde o temprano
no sooner had we left than they arrivedapenas nos habíamos marchado cuando llegaron
no sooner said than donedicho y hecho
2. (of preference) I'd or I would sooner not do itpreferiría no hacerlo
I'd sooner die!¡antes morir!
sooner you than me!¡allá tú, yo no!

sooner

[ˈsuːnər] adv
(= earlier) → plus tôt
Can't you come a bit sooner? → Tu ne peux pas venir un peu plus tôt?
sooner or later → tôt ou tard
no sooner said than done → sitôt dit, sitôt fait
the sooner the better → le plus tôt sera le mieux
no sooner had we left than ... → à peine étions-nous partis que ...
(expressing preference) I would sooner ... → j'aimerais autant ...
I would sooner read than watch television → J'aimerais autant lire que regarder la télévision.
I'd sooner not talk about it → J'aimerais autant ne pas en parler.

sooner

adv
(time) → früher, eher; sooner or laterfrüher oder später; the sooner the betterje eher or früher, desto besser; no sooner had we arrived than …wir waren gerade or kaum angekommen, da …; in 5 years or at his death, whichever is the soonerin 5 Jahren bzw. bei seinem Tode, je nachdem, was früher eintrifft; no sooner said than donegesagt, getan
(preference) → lieber; I would sooner not do itich würde es lieber nicht tun; which would you sooner?was möchtest du lieber?

sooner

[ˈsuːnəʳ] adv
a. (of time) → prima
sooner or later → prima o poi
the sooner the better → prima è meglio è
when are you leaving? - the sooner the better → quando parti? - prima parto meglio è
no sooner had we left than ... → eravamo appena partiti, quando...
no sooner said than done → detto fatto
b. (of preference) I'd or I would sooner not do itpreferirei non farlo
I would sooner do something useful → preferirei fare qualcosa di utile
I'd sooner die! (fam) → piuttosto morirei!

sooner

عَاجِلاً dříve tidligere eher συντομότερα antes aikaisemmin plus tôt ranije prima より早く 조만간 eerder før wcześniej mais cedo скорее förr เร็วกว่า daha erken sớm hơn 更快
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