- within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.
- before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.
- promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.
- readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.
- early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.
- Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.
- sooner or later, eventually: Sooner or later his luck will run out.
- would sooner, to prefer to: I would sooner not go to their party.Compare rather(def 9).
Origin of soon
Examples from the Web for soon
Why, some might be asking, am I being so harsh on their work so soon after they died?Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
“I think it is important to say it is too soon to judge success or failure,” said Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
But the jokes flow at such a torrential pace that duds are soon forgotten; the best are even Spamalot-worthy.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
“We would just as soon stay away from a group that will create controversy,” the Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe told the paper.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Should you have thought she'd marry so soon after her divorce?
Soon as I looked at her it seemed to me I'd known her always.
You began to look bad as soon as you left off your breakfast.
As soon would I league myself with the Odomantians of Thrace!Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Robert soon settled to work, and picked steadily and rapidly.Brave and Bold
- in or after a short time; in a little while; before longthe doctor will soon be here
- as soon as at the very moment thatshe burst into tears as soon as she saw him
- as soon…as used to indicate that the second alternative mentioned is not preferable to the firstI'd just as soon go by train as drive
Word Origin and History for soon
Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.