What does Shortly mean?

Definitions for Shortly
ˈʃɔrt lishort·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Shortly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shortlyadverb

    for a short time

    "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"

  2. soon, shortly, presently, before longadverb

    in the near future

    "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should have news before long"

  3. curtly, short, shortlyadverb

    in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner

    "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it"

  4. concisely, briefly, shortly, in brief, in shortadverb

    in a concise manner; in a few words

    "the history is summed up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly"; "briefly, we have a problem"; "to put it shortly"

  5. shortlyadverb

    at a short distance

    "the hem fell shortly below her knees"


  1. shortlyadverb

    In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.

  2. shortlyadverb

    In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.

  3. shortlyadverb

    In an irritable ("short") manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shortlyadverb

    Etymology: from short.

    I must leave thee, love, and shortly too. William Shakespeare.

    Thou art no friend to God, or to the king:
    Open the gates, or I’ll shut thee out shortly. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The armies came shortly in view of each other. Edward Hyde.

    The time will shortly come, wherein you shall more rejoice for that little you have expended for the benefit of others, than in that which by so long toil you shall have saved. Edmund Calamy.

    He celebrates the anniversary of his father’s funeral, and shortly after arrives at Cumæ. Dryden.

    Ev’n he, whose soul now melts in mournful lays,
    Shall shortly want the gen’rous tear he pays. Alexander Pope.

    I could express them more shortly this way than in prose, and much of the force, as well as grace of arguments, depends on their conciseness. Alexander Pope.


  1. shortly

    Shortly can be defined as happening, coming, or being done soon, in a brief amount of time or in the near future. It refers to a short period of time from the present moment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortlyadverb

    in a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly

  2. Shortlyadverb

    in few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose

  3. Etymology: [AS. sceortlice.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shortly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2683

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shortly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3080

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shortly' in Adverbs Frequency: #213

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shortly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Shortly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Shortly in a Sentence

  1. Lori Lightfoot:

    We need gun trafficking multi-jurisdictional strike forces to disrupt the flow of illegal guns that are coming into our city, i and other mayors across the country have been beating this drum since day 1 of President Joe Biden for assistance presidency. ... My expectation is that those strike forces will be at work here shortly.

  2. Police Chief Tony Brooks:

    Shortly after this call, the local 911 Center received additional calls( referencing) unconscious subjects in and around the pool area, others described symptoms such as dizziness and a burning in their throat.

  3. Bobbie Kilberg:

    It’s become exceptionally clear that it is time for mainstream Republicans to coalesce around one mainstream candidate they can support and who can win elections, there’s a sense of urgency here that the window will close shortly.

  4. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir:

    The pause will affect all of Yemen for a period of five days, the actual date will be announced shortly as well as the requirements.

  5. Donald Trump:

    So I think we're going to probably start up something very shortly between Russia and ourselves maybe to start off, and I think China will be added down the road. We'll be talking about non-proliferation, we'll be talking about a nuclear deal of some kind, and I think it'll be a very comprehensive one.

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