short·​ly | \ ˈshȯrt-lē How to pronounce shortly (audio) \

Definition of shortly

1a : in a few words : briefly
b : in an abrupt manner
2a : in a short time we will be there shortly
b : at a short interval shortly after sunset

Examples of shortly in a Sentence

He left shortly after you did. “I can't help you right now,” he said shortly.
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First Known Use of shortly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Shortly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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short·​ly | \ ˈshȯrt-lē How to pronounce shortly (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortly

1 : in or within a short time : soon They should arrive shortly.
2 : in a brief way that shows anger or disapproval She spoke shortly.

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