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[uh-non] /əˈnɒn/
in a short time; soon.
at another time.
Archaic. at once; immediately.
ever and anon, now and then; occasionally.
Origin of anon
before 1000; Middle English anon, anoon, Old English on āne in one (course), i.e., straightaway


First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for anon
Historical Examples
  • I have been over long from my sweet spouse but I shall be back with you anon.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I see that you will start carving me anon, and take me to Monmouth's camp in sections.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • anon it was pale with envy, and anon it was flushed with the triumph of brutal passion.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Ever and anon a rapid flash from a gas lamp, cast a bright gleam on their faces.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • The Supreme Council of Castile might anon condemn him for his practices.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But anon, as the narrative warmed and quickened, the danger was well overpast.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • anon, after his visitor had departed, Sir Oliver grew calm again.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • anon, with a half-laugh of contempt, he filled a glass of muscadine, and drained it.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • anon, sir, you shall hear the story of it, and I dare swear it will divert you.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • anon Cynthia withdrew; next Kenneth, who went in quest of her.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for anon


adverb (archaic or literary)
in a short time; soon
ever and anon, now and then
Word Origin
Old English on āne, literally: in one, that is, immediately


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Word Origin and History for anon

late Old English anon, earlier on an, literally "into one," thus "continuously; straightway (in one course), at once;" see one. By gradual misuse, "soon, in a little while" (1520s). A one-word etymological lesson in the enduring power of procrastination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anon in Culture

anon. definition

An abbreviation for anonymous, used to indicate unknown or unacknowledged authorship. Without the period, anon means “at another time” or “again.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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