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Anon

[ə-NAHN]

Part of speech: adverb

Origin: Old English, pre-12th century

1.

Soon.

2.

Shortly.

Examples of Anon in a sentence

"Don't worry — I'll see you anon."

"I'll explain everything anon."

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About Anon

Instead of promising that you'll do the dishes soon, pacify your partner with "anon." This Old English adverb means "soon" or "shortly." It's a fancy word to mask your procrastination.

Did you Know?

In Old English, "on ān" meant "into one," and the original meaning was about something in one state or course of action. Over time the meaning of "anon" evolved into the temporal sense of "at once."

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