from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a brief manner, summarily.
  • adv. For a brief period.
  • adv. To be brief, in short.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Concisely; in few words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a brief manner; concisely; in few words.
  • With little length; shortly: as, in entom., briefly pilose, hairy, or spinous.

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

  • adv. in a concise manner; in a few words
  • adv. for a short time


brief +‎ -ly, perhaps a calque of Old French briement (Wiktionary)



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