Definition of shortly in English:



  • 1In a short time; soon.

    ‘the new database will shortly be available for consultation’
    ‘the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff’
    • ‘Strong military ties between the two countries commenced shortly after.’
    • ‘Police and paramedics were called to the scene shortly after midnight.’
    • ‘Mrs Kumar added that crime scene investigators were at the scene of the attack shortly after the police were called.’
    • ‘Both Murphys had left the town hall shortly before noon, turning left off the private road into Mount Street.’
    • ‘The court heard how drugs officers arrested two men in July last year shortly after they left the Manningham flat.’
    • ‘Police had arrived shortly before 3pm, following a prior arrangement with the rock star.’
    • ‘But Mr Bingham was taken off the ventilator in the recovery room shortly after the operation.’
    • ‘Vandalism has increased and trees have been broken shortly after being planted.’
    • ‘When it was removed by a specialist team shortly after 9.30 pm, the wall was reduced to rubble.’
    • ‘An eyewitness had seen the man playing with the two children shortly before the abduction and did not think he was a threat to them.’
    • ‘Miss Mitcham said four masked men burst through a locked door shortly before 9pm on a night in October.’
    • ‘I had tried a number of times to get back into writing shortly after the funeral but I soon gave up.’
    • ‘Witnesses saw the victim chatting to a group of men and asking them for cigarette papers shortly before the accident.’
    • ‘A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the girl was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash.’
    • ‘Police and paramedics were called to Woollin Avenue shortly after 3pm on Sunday.’
    • ‘He was arrested after being wounded during a shoot-out with police shortly after the slaying.’
    • ‘It had been spotted by a member of the public after it was set alight and abandoned shortly before midnight on Wednesday.’
    • ‘Details of these will be made available shortly before the summer launch.’
    • ‘Again and again we saw those pictures of the television presenter shopping in London shortly before her death.’
    • ‘The man got into the house in North Reddish, Stockport, shortly before 9pm on Friday.’
    soon, directly, presently, quite soon, in a short time, in a little while, in a short while, at any minute, at any moment, at any second, in a minute, in a moment, in a second, in next to no time, before long, by and by
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  • 2In a few words; briefly.

    ‘they received a letter shortly outlining the proposals’
    • ‘The letter shortly, but strictly stated that her previous life and hopes were over.’
    • ‘Householders in the Borris area will receive a letter shortly advising them of the offer.’
    1. 2.1Abruptly, sharply, or curtly.
      ‘‘Do you like cricket?’ ‘I do not,’ she said shortly’


Old English scortlīce (see short, -ly).