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adverb short·ly \ˈshȯrt-lē\

Simple Definition of shortly

  • : in or within a short time

  • : in a very brief and unfriendly way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shortly

  1. 1a :  in a few words :  brieflyb :  in an abrupt manner

  2. 2a :  in a short time <we will be there shortly>b :  at a short interval <shortly after sunset>

Examples of shortly in a sentence

  1. He left shortly after you did.

  2. I can't help you right now, he said shortly.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of shortly

before 12th century

SHORTLY Defined for Kids


adverb short·ly \ˈshȯrt-lē\

Definition of shortly for Students

  1. 1 :  in or within a short time :  soon <They should arrive shortly.>

  2. 2 :  in a brief way that shows anger or disapproval <She spoke shortly.>

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