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. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

    I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” he said shortly before his death. 'Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would be to deny the reality found in scientific knowledge and reasoned judgment.

  2. Joe Jaffoni:

    We anticipate the FCC approval shortly, after which we'll close.

  3. Robert H Bork:

    No church that panders to the zeitgeist deserves respect, and very shortly it will not get respect, except from those who find it politically useful, and that is less respect than disguised contempt.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Their understanding Begins to swell and the approaching tide Will shortly fill the reasonable shores That now lie foul and muddy.

  5. Mickey Mantle:

    I had it all, and I blew it. (shortly before dying from cancer and other complications of alcoholism)

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