1 for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive" [syn: not long]
2 in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should have news before long" [syn: soon, presently, before long]
3 in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner; "he told me curtly to get on with it"; "he talked short with everyone"; "he said shortly that he didn't like it" [syn: curtly, short]
4 in a concise manner; in a few words; "the history is summed up concisely in this book"; "she replied briefly"; "briefly, we have a problem"; "to put it shortly" [syn: concisely, briefly, in brief, in short]
5 at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees" [syn: not far]
- In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
- In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
abruptly, after a while, anon, aphoristically, bearishly, before long, betimes, bluffly, bluntly, boorishly, brashly, briefly, brusquely, by and by, cavalierly, churlishly, compendiously, concisely, crisply, crustily, curtly, directly, economically, ere long, fleetingly, flickeringly, flittingly, for a moment, gruffly, harshly, immediately, in a moment, in a while, in an instant, in brief, in brief compass, in due course, in due time, in short, just, laconically, momentarily, nastily, peremptorily, pithily, pointedly, presently, pronto, quickly, right, rudely, sententiously, sharply, snippily, soon, sparely, succinctly, summarily, swiftly, synoptically, tartly, tersely, testily, transiently