- 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 soonest
An accurate knowledge of our defects will soonest lead to their cure.
However, as Lady Betty says, "the least said, the soonest mended."The Pirate and The Three Cutters
"As you say, the least said the soonest mended," he rejoined.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
"Then take the shortest, and you'll be soonest at your journey's end," said he, gruffly.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Its most salient points of character are often soonest invaded.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
- the superlative of soon
- as soon as possible; urgently; without delaysend money soonest
- 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 soonest
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.