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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 Proto-Germanic *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: 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


This noun needs an inflection-table template.



From French jaune.




  1. to be yellow