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Anon \A*non"\, adv. [OE. anoon, anon, anan, lit., in one (moment), fr. AS. on in + [=a]n one. See On and One.]

  1. Straightway; at once. [Obs.]

    The same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it.
    --Matt. xiii. 20.

  2. Soon; in a little while.

    As it shall better appear anon.

  3. At another time; then; again.

    Sometimes he trots, . . . anon he rears upright.

    Anon right, at once; right off. [Obs.]

    Ever and anon, now and then; frequently; often.

    A pouncet box, which ever and anon He gave his nose.
    --Shak. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


Etymology 1 adv. (context archaic English) straightway; at once. Etymology 2

a. anonymous n. 1 An anonymous person, especially an author 2 A work with an unknown author 3 A work without a title

  1. n. sweet pulpy tropical fruit with thick scaly rind and shiny black seeds [syn: sweetsop, sugar apple]

  2. adv. at another time; "ever and anon"

  3. (old-fashioned or informal) in a little while; "see you anon"


Anón (Barrio Anón) is one of the 31 barrios in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Along with Marueño, Coto Laurel, Guaraguao, Quebrada Limon, Real, and San Patricio, and the coastal barrios of Canas and Capitanejo, Anón is one of the municipality's nine bordering barrios. Anón borders the municipalities of Jayuya and Juana Diaz. The name of this barrio is of native Indian origin. It was founded in 1878.

Usage examples of "anon".

And he began with right a merry cheer His tale anon, and said as ye shall hear.

And right anon he changed his array, And clad him as a poore labourer.

By mighty Mars, he shall anon be dead That smiteth any stroke, that I may see!

The queen anon for very womanhead Began to weep, and so did Emily, And all the ladies in the company.

And thus with joy, and hope well to fare, Arcite anon unto his inn doth fare.

Emily, and howled Palamon, And Theseus his sister took anon Swooning, and bare her from the corpse away.

Betwixte them was made anon the band, That hight matrimony or marriage, By all the counsel of the baronage.

But stand he must unto his owen harm, For when he spake, he was anon borne down With Hendy Nicholas and Alisoun.

To bedde went the daughter right anon, To bedde went Alein, and also John.

This king of Faerie adown him set Upon a bank of turfes fresh and green, And right anon thus said he to his queen.

And suddenly anon this Damian Gan pullen up the smock, and in he throng.

The knight is to his chamber led anon, And is unarmed, and to meat y-set.

That I must die here at your foot anon, Nought would I tell how me is woebegone.

Aurelius his tale anon began, And told him all as ye have heard before, It needeth not to you rehearse it more.

If any of you will of devotion Offer, and have mine absolution, Come forth anon, and kneele here adown And meekely receive my pardoun.