English, AfrikaansShow more Special sense of general English just now exactly at this point of time, precisely at present, only a very short time ago, directly, immediately; influenced by Afrikaans netnou.
In a while, presently; by and by, after some time, later.See also now-now sense 2.
Used also as in general English, meaning ‘a short while ago’. See also now-now sense 1.
1970S. DeaneInformant, BloemfonteinI’ll ring you back just now.
1979A.P. BrinkDry White Season 57‘Why don’t you come to bed with me?’...It wasn’t often she conveyed it so openly. ‘I’ll be coming just now.’
1982Sunday Times 31 May‘Just now’ — this, of course, changes meaning depending on how much the ‘juuust’ is drawn out: ‘I’ll come just now’ could mean ‘I’ll come in a moment’; or ‘I’ll come in two hours...’ You could also use ‘now now’ in the same way as ‘just now’ to indicate that you’ll be doing something ‘soon soon’.
1987M. PolandTrain to Doringbult 135‘Daddy! Daddy! Come and see where I buried the kingfisher!’...‘Just now. I’m going to eat my breakfast, first.’
1990Estcourt High School Mag.No.49, 17After many months of careful observation I think I am safe in defining ‘now’ as meaning ‘soon’, ‘now now’ as meaning ‘in a few minutes’, ‘now, now, now’ as meaning ‘now’, and finally ‘just now’ as meaning ‘later’.
1991T. BowlesInformant, GrahamstownPhone them just now. They should be back by just now.
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