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[shawrt-lee] /ˈʃɔrt li/
in a short time; soon.
briefly; concisely.
curtly; rudely.
Origin of shortly
before 900; Middle English schortly, Old English scortlīce; see short, -ly Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for shortly


in a short time; soon
in a few words; briefly
in a curt or rude manner
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Word Origin and History for shortly

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

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