- As soon as:
No sooner was the frost off the ground than the work began.
- At some time; eventually:
Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.
- would rather; would prefer to
- inevitably; eventually
Origin of Soon
From Middle English soone, sone, from Old English sōna (“immediately, at once"), from Proto-Germanic *sÄ“na, *sÄ“nô (“immediately, soon, then"), from Proto-Germanic *sa (demonstrative pronoun), from Proto-Indo-European *só (demonstrative pronoun). Cognate with Scots sone, sune, schone (“soon, quickly, at once"), North Frisian san (“immediately, at once"), Dutch dialectal zaan (“soon, before long"), Middle Low German sān (“right afterwards, soon"), Middle High German sān, son (“soon, then"), Old High German sār (“immediately, soon"). Compare also Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐍃 (suns, “immediately, soon"), from Proto-Germanic *suniz (“soon").
Middle English sone from Old English sōna immediately, soon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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