Etymology
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shortly (adv.)

Old English scortlice "briefly," also, in late Old English, "in short time;" from short (adj.) + -ly (2).

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Definitions of shortly

shortly (adv.)
for a short time;
he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive
shortly (adv.)
in the near future;
the book will appear shortly
Synonyms: soon / presently / before long
shortly (adv.)
in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner;
he said shortly that he didn't like it
Synonyms: curtly / short
shortly (adv.)
in a concise manner; in a few words;
to put it shortly
Synonyms: concisely / briefly / in brief / in short
shortly (adv.)
at a short distance;
the hem fell shortly below her knees
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