a : in a few words : briefly
b : in an abrupt manner
a : in a short time <we will be there shortly>
b : at a short interval <shortly after sunset>
Examples of SHORTLY
- He left shortly after you did.
- “I can't help you right now,” he said shortly.
First Known Use of SHORTLY
before 12th century
Related to SHORTLY
- briefly, compactly, concisely, crisply, curtly, elliptically, laconically, pithily, succinctly, summarily, tersely, in a nutshell, in a word, in brief, in short, in sum
- diffusely, long-windedly, verbosely, wordily
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