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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for briefly

Contemporary Examples of briefly

Historical Examples of briefly

  • Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.

  • Briefly she outlined the situation to Emma, who had long been her confidante.

  • "You never know where you are with them guys," he said briefly.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Simba briefly indicated the three nearest to act as his assistants.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Throwing my cloak down, I placed the girl on it and briefly related what had happened.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

Word Origin and History for briefly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper