shortly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

short +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

shortly (comparative more shortly, superlative most shortly)

  1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.
  2. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
  3. In an irritable ("short") manner.

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Middle English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

shortly

  1. shortly (in a short period of time)
    • 14th Century, Chaucer, General Prologue
      Now have I toold you shortly in a clause
      Now that I have briefly told you above