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


Origin of anon.

First recorded in 1730–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anon

Historical Examples of anon

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for anon


adverb archaic, or literary

in a short time; soon
ever and anon now and then

Word Origin for anon

Old English on āne, literally: in one, that is, immediately


abbreviation for

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

Culture definitions for anon


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

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