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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 sân (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. Short in length of time from the present.
    I need the soonest date you have available.
  2. (US, dialect) early
    • 1992, W. H. Andrews: A Paul Green Reader, p 129:
      Late in the evening we arrived at Quincy where we bivouacked for the night and taken a soon start the next morning to march to the arsenal.
    • 1997, Dorothy Stanaland Samuel, ‎Taliaferro Leslie Samuel: The Samuell/Samuel Families of Tidewater Virginia, p 148:
      Got up pretty early, ate a soon breakfast, had the sulky and was about to start to Newtown when it commenced raining..
    • 2000, Laurence G. Avery: A Paul Green Reader, p 220:
      They were different from colored folks who had to be out to get a soon start.


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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  • soon at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • soon in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911




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


soon (genitive soone, partitive soont)

  1. sinew


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From French jaune.




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