briefly

[ breef-lee ]
/ ˈbrif li /

adverb

for a short duration: He stopped over briefly in Chicago.
in a few words: Let me explain briefly.
in a brief manner; quickly or brusquely: She nodded briefly and began to speak.

Origin of briefly

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at brief, -ly
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briefly


adv.

c.1300, from brief (adj.) + -ly (2). As an introduction to a statement, "in short," recorded from 1510s.

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