adverb Etymology: Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately Date: before 12th century 1. a. obsolete at once ; immediately b. without undue time lapse ; before long <
soon after sunrise
2. in a prompt manner ; speedily <
as soon as possible
the sooner the better
no sooner said than done
3. archaic before the usual time 4. in agreement with one's choice or preference ; willingly <
I'd just as soon walk as drive

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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