adverb, soon·er, soon·est.
Origin of soon
Examples from the Web for soonest
Try the freshness of eggs by putting them into cold water; those that sink the soonest are the freshest.My Pet Recipes, Tried and True|Various
He walked along with 'is mouth shut, his idea being that the least said the soonest mended.Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)|W.W. Jacobs
In the chicken also, of all the double organs they are the soonest produced.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
“Not for five or six weeks at the soonest,” she said; and, after a few more enquiries, Charles rose to take his leave.Principle and Practice|Harriet Martineau
There was not one of them that felt it as keenly as Dan did: but the chances were that he would forget King the soonest.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
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Word Origin for soon
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.
Idioms and Phrases with soonest
see as soon as; fool and his money are soon parted; had rather (sooner); just as soon; no sooner said than done; speak too soon.