English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English schortly, schortliche, from Old English sċortlīċe (shortly; before long; soon), equivalent to short +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation edit

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ʃɔːɹtli/

Adverb edit

shortly (not comparable)

  1. In a short or brief time or manner; quickly.
  2. In or after a short time; soon.
  3. In few words
    Synonyms: briefly, concisely
    Ideas are generally expressed more shortly in verse than in prose
  4. In an irritable ("short") manner.
    Synonyms: abruptly, curtly
    • 2009, Susanne James, The Millionaire's Chosen Bride, page 147:
      'Well, I still think it was a rather off-hand way for you—for anyone—to behave,' he said shortly.
      Suddenly Melody felt trapped—and annoyed. And she didn't like being spoken to like a child, either.

Translations edit

Middle English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old English sċortlīċ, equivalent to short +‎ -ly.

Alternative forms edit

Adjective edit


  1. lasting a short time; transitory
  2. brief; concise
  3. fast; quick

Etymology 2 edit

From Old English sċortlīċe, equivalent to short +‎ -ly.

Alternative forms edit

Adverb edit


  1. shortly (in a short period of time)
    • 14th Century, Chaucer, General Prologue
      Now have I toold you shortly in a clause
      Now that I have briefly told you above