from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a short time; soon.
  • adv. In a few words; concisely.
  • adv. In an abrupt manner; curtly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • adv. In an irritable ("short") manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
  • adv. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a short manner.
  • In few words; briefly.
  • Curtly; abruptly; sharply.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
  • adv. at a short distance
  • adv. in a concise manner; in a few words
  • adv. in the near future
  • adv. for a short time


short +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


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