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From Middle English soone, sone, from Old English sōna (immediately, at once), from Proto-Germanic *sēna, *sēnô (immediately, soon, then), from *sa (demonstrative pronoun), from Proto-Indo-European *só (demonstrative pronoun). Cognate with Scots sone, sune, schone (soon, quickly, at once), North Frisian san (immediately, at once), Dutch dialectal zaan (soon, before long), Middle Low German sān (right afterwards, soon), Middle High German sān, son (soon, then), Old High German sār (immediately, soon). Compare also Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐍃 (suns, immediately, soon), from Proto-Germanic *suniz (soon).



soon (comparative sooner, superlative soonest)

  1. Occurring within a short time, or quickly.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
      Soon after the arrival of Mrs. Campbell, dinner was announced by Abboye. He came into the drawing room resplendent in his gold-and-white turban. […] His cummerbund matched the turban in gold lines.


soon (comparative sooner, superlative soonest)

  1. (obsolete) Immediately, instantly.
  2. Within a short time; quickly.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, [] , down the nave to the western door. [] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
    • 2014 April 21, “Subtle effects”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8884:
      Manganism has been known about since the 19th century, when miners exposed to ores containing manganese [] began to totter, slur their speech and behave like someone inebriated. The poisoning was irreversible, and soon ended in psychosis and death.
  3. Early.
    • Bible, Exodus ii. 18
      How is it that ye are come so soon to-day?
  4. Readily; willingly; used with would, or some other word expressing will.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
      I would as soon see a river winding through woods or in meadows, as when it is tossed up in so many whimsical figures at Versailles.

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Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: something · gave · asked · #215: soon · almost · thou · full



From Proto-Finnic *sooni, from Proto-Uralic *sëne. Cognates include with Finnish suoni, Hungarian ín (sinew).


soon (genitive soone, partitive soont)

  1. sinew


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From French jaune.




  1. to be yellow