Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At once; immediately; anon.
- An interrogative particle signifying that one has not heard or comprehended what has been said.
- [In this sense formerly, and still dialectally, much used in replying to questions or commands, to gain a slight delay, though originally implying “I will attend to you at once”; hence, with an interrogative tone, it came to imply that the question or command was not understood. It is the same word as anon.]
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. obsolete An expression equivalent to What did you say? Sir? Eh?
“Mai taught me that "anan" means cloud in Hebrew, while we were reading Kofi Anan's bio in the book of the Forum's constituents.”
“Also, no one here said anything about anan "armedrevolution.”
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“Liber Linteus; anan is not the 3pp pronoun "they" because of its inanimate genitive plural anancveś, and the absurd list of claims goes on and on and on.”
“Ye gads anan, do you really expect a man to wear a belt while he's mowing his own lawn?”
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“Did you see the way the lebanese were hugging and thronging anan from the UN the other day on tv?”
“And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Za-anan'nim, and Ad'ami, Nekeb, and Jab'neel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan: and then the coast turneth westward to Aznothta'bor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zeb'ulun on the south side, and reacheth to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising.”
“Pheko also criticised the constitution, which he said marginalised African traditional leaders anan culture and values in general.”
“A anan whom he judged to be Don Alipio's brother kept hold of Clay's arm as he explained: 'It's not just money we need, but machines, too.”
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