from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A native or resident of Oklahoma.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of soon: more soon
  • adverb comparative form of soon: more soon
  • adverb rather.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb more readily or willingly
  • adverb comparatives of `soon' or `early'
  • noun a native or resident of Oklahoma


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From soon.]



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