What does shortly mean?

Definitions for shortly
ˈʃɔrt lishort·ly

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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. State John Kerry:

    I won't announce a date, but we all agreed that immediately after completion of the first round of the Syria discussions, the International Syria Support Group will convene, and that will be very shortly, because we want to keep the process moving.

  2. The Malaysian report:

    The analysis showed the aircraft changed course shortly after it passed the northern tip of Sumatra (Indonesia) and travelled in a southerly direction until it ran out of fuel in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.

  3. Cari Small Wright:

    These messages were how I found out and my heart sank, shortly after, the school texted.

  4. Rookiiee:

    If the price of PSU share increases by one percent , then shortly it is made to decrease by three to four percent irrespective of that PSU's superb financial performance.

  5. Finance Minister Luis Videgaray:

    It is more efficient to adjust spending early in the year before the ministries begin contracting, so we are thinking about doing something in the next few days or weeks, we will announce the specific amount shortly.

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