Definition of shortly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɔːtli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɔːrtli//
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  1. 1  a short time; not long She arrived shortly after us. I saw him shortly before he died. I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly afterwards.
  2. 2  soon I'll be ready shortly.
  3. 3in an angry and impatient way synonym sharply ‘Just wait a minute,’ he said, shortly.
  4. Word OriginOld English scortlīce (see short, -ly).
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