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anon

[uh-non]
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adverb
  1. in a short time; soon.
  2. at another time.
  3. Archaic. at once; immediately.
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Idioms
  1. ever and anon, now and then; occasionally.
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Origin of anon

before 1000; Middle English anon, anoon, Old English on āne in one (course), i.e., straightaway

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Origin of anon.

First recorded in 1730–40
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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


British Dictionary definitions for anon

anon

adverb archaic, or literary
  1. in a short time; soon
  2. ever and anon now and then
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Word Origin

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

anon.

abbreviation for
  1. anonymous
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Word Origin and History for anon

adv.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anon in Culture

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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