What does shortly mean?

Definitions for shortly
ˈʃɔrt lishort·ly

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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.

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. Zola Tsotsi:

    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.

  2. Michelle Cravez:

    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.

  3. Zhan Youbing:

    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.

  4. Donald Trump:

    By the time the war started, I was against it, and shortly after, I was really against it.

  5. Tariq Zahir of Tyche Capital:

    We are going to be going into refinery maintenance very shortly.

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    manifestly demonstrative
    • A. bristly
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. ostensive
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