anon

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adverb

1
: soon, presently
… tomorrow will be here anon.Nathaniel Hawthorne
2
: after a while : later
more of that anon
3
archaic : at once : immediately

anon

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abbreviation

Example Sentences

Adverb I will answer his letter anon. be ready—we will begin our Yuletide Boar's Head Feast anon
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Look Alive’ The Drake comeback continues anon with this appealingly greasy collaboration with the rising Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English on ān, from on in + ān one — more at on, one

First Known Use

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of anon was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Anon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anon. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

anon

adverb
ə-ˈnän
: soon sense 1
also : at a later time
more of that anon
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