[syn: concisely, briefly, shortly, in brief, in short]
5. at a short distance;
- Example: "the hem fell shortly below her knees"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shortly \Short"ly\, adv. [AS. sceortlice.]
1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
I shall grow jealous of you shortly. --Shak.
The armies came shortly in view of each other.
2. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express
ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before
she was expected to arrive"
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, shortly, presently,
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, shortly, in brief, in short]
5: at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "shortly":
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