ever and anon

anon

[uh-non]
adverb
1.
in a short time; soon.
2.
at another time.
3.
Archaic. at once; immediately.
Idioms
4.
ever and anon, now and then; occasionally.

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

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ever

[ev-er]
adverb
1.
at all times; always: an ever-present danger; He is ever ready to find fault.
2.
continuously: ever since then.
3.
at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it?
4.
in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience): How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.
adjective
5.
South Midland and Southern U.S. every: She rises early ever morning.
Idioms
6.
ever and again, now and then; from time to time. Also, Literary, ever and anon.
7.
ever so, to a great extent or degree; exceedingly: They were ever so kind to me.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfre


1. eternally, perpetually, constantly. See always.


1. never.
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anon (əˈnɒn)
 
adv
1.  in a short time; soon
2.  ever and anon now and then
 
[Old English on āne, literally: in one, that is, immediately]

ever (ˈɛvə)
 
adv
1.  at any time: have you ever seen it?
2.  by any chance; in any case: how did you ever find out?
3.  at all times; always: ever busy
4.  in any possible way or manner: come as fast as ever you can
5.  informal chiefly (Brit) (intensifier, in the phrases ever so, ever such, and ever such a): ever so good; ever such bad luck; ever such a waste
6.  archaic ever and again, ever and anon now and then; from time to time
7.  slang (US), (Canadian) is he ever! he displays the quality concerned in abundance
 
[Old English ǣfre, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

ever
O.E. æfre, no cognates in any other Gmc. language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, lit. "ever in life" (the expression a to fore is common in O.E. writings). First element is almost certainly related to O.E. a "always, ever," from P.Gmc. *aiwo, from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life,
eternity." (see eon).

anon
O.E., on an "into one, 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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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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