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’
      curtly, sharply, abruptly, bluntly, brusquely, tersely, in an offhand manner, gruffly, ungraciously, gracelessly, surlily, snappily, testily, tartly, rudely, discourteously, uncivilly, impolitely
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Old English scortlīce (see short, -ly).