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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.


soon (comparative sooner, superlative soonest)

  1. (obsolete) Immediately, instantly.
  2. Within a short time; quickly.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, 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, 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.
  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.
    • Addison
      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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From Proto-Finnic *sooni, from Proto-Uralic *sëxni. Cognate with Finnish suoni, Hungarian ín


soon (genitive soone, partitive soont)

  1. sinew


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