shortly

adverb short·ly \ ˈshȯrt-lē \

Definition of shortly

1 a :in a few words :briefly
b :in an abrupt manner
2 a :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.

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First Known Use of shortly

before 12th century

shortly Synonyms



SHORTLY Defined for English Language Learners

shortly

adverb

Definition of shortly for English Language Learners

  • : in or within a short time

  • : in a very brief and unfriendly way


SHORTLY Defined for Kids

shortly

adverb short·ly \ ˈshȯrt-lē \

Definition of shortly for Students

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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