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Synonyms of shortly in English:


  • 1 she will be with you shortly
    soon, directly, presently, quite soon, in a short time, in a short/little while, at any moment/minute/second, in a moment/minute/second, in less than no time (at all), in next to no time, before long, by and by;
    North American  momentarily;
    South African  just now
    informal pretty soon, any time/day/minute/second/moment now, before one knows it, before one can say Jack Robinson, in a jiffy, in two shakes of a lamb's tail
    British informal in a mo, sharpish
    archaic or , informal anon
    literary ere long
  • 2 ‘I know that,’ he replied shortly
    [Antonyms] patiently, courteously
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