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[uh-non] /əˈnɒn/
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


1730-40 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anon
Historical Examples
  • Ever and anon they would sell a yard of lace, a ribbon, a trinket, a pack of thread.

    The Golden Road Frank Waller Allen
  • Ever and anon a rapid flash from a gas lamp, cast a bright gleam on their faces.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • anon his brow cleared, and a fixed purpose glittered in his eyes.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • anon, after his visitor had departed, Sir Oliver grew calm again.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • This document is so important that I must return to it anon.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Of this, anon, he made complaint to that magnificent prince, her uncle.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • anon a more silent whispering surrounded him, without being able to behold any creature save the old German.

  • anon Cynthia withdrew; next Kenneth, who went in quest of her.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • anon La Beale Isoud came unto him, and either saluted other; then she asked him of whence that he was.

  • anon we may send you to Paris to represent us in the States-General.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for anon


adverb (archaic or literary)
in a short time; soon
ever and anon, now and then
Word Origin
Old English on āne, literally: in one, that is, immediately


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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
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anon in Culture

anon. definition

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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