Definitions for shortly
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shortly.
for a short time
"he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"
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"
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"
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"
at a short distance
"the hem fell shortly below her knees"
In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
In an irritable ("short") manner.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
in a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly
in few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose
Etymology: [AS. sceortlice.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shortly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2683
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shortly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3080
Rank popularity for the word 'shortly' in Adverbs Frequency: #213
The numerical value of shortly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of shortly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Two months after the appointment they called me and said they will have me fired because I am not playing the game. I was forced to resign shortly after that.
It quickly became apparent that demand was pushing costs up and seats were going fast, shortly after, we find out that this ruling may not apply to citizens.
Sometimes, you want to jump ship for better pay at another factory shortly after starting your current job, yet at other times when you want to stay on and settle down, you get fired or the factory gets taken over.
By the time the war started, I was against it, and shortly after, I was really against it.
We are going to be going into refinery maintenance very shortly.
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