['ʃɔːtlɪ] or ['ʃɔrtli]
(adv.) for a short time; 'he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive'.
(adv.) at a short distance; 'the hem fell shortly below her knees'.
Checked by Brady--From WordNet
(adv.) In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
(adv.) In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
Checked by Groves
Synonyms and Synonymous
ad. . Soon, in a short time, in a little time.. Briefly, concisely, tersely, in a few words.
- A people called the Cimmerians appear in the districts of Lake Urumiya and Van, and shortly after Aryans have spread from Armenia to Elam. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I expect a judgment shortly and shall then place my establishment on a superior footing. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Jethro Tull in England shortly after invented and introduced a combined system of drilling, ploughing and cultivating. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- The post-chaise drove up to the door shortly afterwards; and Giles coming in for the luggage, the good doctor bustled out, to see it packed. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- This led his eager mind to delve into Italian literature, and shortly the young workman was not only draughtsman and artist, but something of a man of letters as well. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Mr Lightwood ain't in at the present moment, but I expect him back very shortly. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Shortly after he had moved to London he had been asked to investigate astringent plants in connection with tanning. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Recovering himself, however, shortly, he turned to his partner, and said, Sir William's interruption has made me forget what we were talking of. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- The food comes shortly, Pablo said. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- He did so shortly and distinctly. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Being effected, Mr Dorrit expressed his hope that Mr Sparkler would shortly dine with them. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- Lord Molyneux shortly took his seat by my side, and I rated him about Mrs. Fitzroy. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- Thence he went to London; and thence, shortly after, to Paris, where he had remained till now. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Shortly after the discovery of yeast in the nineteenth century, man commenced his attempt to cultivate the tiny organisms. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- Believe me, Mr Roylands, if you have a stomach for fighting, I fancy there will be plenty of opportunity for you to indulge in it shortly. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Shortly after, the petition of the Massachusetts Assembly was taken up for examination before the privy council. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- If he renewed it (and I had reasons, shortly to be mentioned, for anticipating that he would), I might be certain of his not escaping me. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Mr. Skimpole presently appeared, and Richard shortly after him. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- You do, she said very shortly. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- He came in shortly afterwards and passed upstairs. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Yes, answered Gutenberg, it is in effect a wine-press, but it shall shortly spout forth floods of the most abundant and marvelous liquor that has ever flowed to quench the thirst of man. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- Shortly afterwards, his mouth began to widen again. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Shortly after our return to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a railway accident near Crewe. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- But I will be back shortly. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- There'll shortly be an end of YOU,' said Wegg, threatening it with the hat-box. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- He would have to go in some direction, shortly, to find relief. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- As Andros gave you this, I will not deprive you of it, Mr Roylands, he said politely; but shortly I hope to present you to the original. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- The production of printed sheets per hour over the hand-press was at once quadrupled, and very shortly 1800 sheets per hour were printed. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- I'll scorn her if she doesn't come, muttered Martin, shortly and savagely, to himself. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The Western Union bestirred itself at this sign of competition, and had shortly formed the American Speaking-Telephone Company, with a staff of inventors that included Edison. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.