shortly

[ shawrt-lee ]
/ ˈʃɔrt li /

adverb

in a short time; soon.
briefly; concisely.
curtly; rudely.

Nearby words

  1. shorthorn,
  2. shortie,
  3. shortish,
  4. shortleaf pine,
  5. shortlist,
  6. shortness,
  7. shorts,
  8. shortsighted,
  9. shortsightedly,
  10. shortsightedness

Origin of shortly

before 900; Middle English schortly, Old English scortlīce; see short, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for shortly

shortly

/ (ˈʃɔːtlɪ) /

adverb

in a short time; soon
in a few words; briefly
in a curt or rude manner
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Word Origin and History for shortly

shortly

adv.

Old English scortlice "briefly," also, in late Old English, "in short time;" from short (adj.) + -ly (2).

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