1. briefly

adverb. ['ˈbriːfli'] in a concise manner; in a few words.


  • in brief
  • concisely
  • in short


  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • brief (English)
  • brief (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Briefly

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How do you pronounce briefly?

Pronounce briefly as ˈbrifli.

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How do you spell briefly? Is it breifly ?

A common misspelling of briefly is breifly

Example sentences of the word briefly

1. Noun, singular or mass
Most can survive briefly out of water as long as their gills are damp.

2. Verb, base form
Go on to briefly state your qualifications.

Quotes containing the word briefly

1. Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
- Edgar Allan Poe

2. I live for coincidences. They briefly give to me the illusion or the hope that there's a pattern to my life, and if there's a pattern, then maybe I'm moving toward some kind of destiny where it's all explained.
- Jonathan Ames, My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essays

3. That's brain tissue. How can you-?"Claire shut her mouth, fast. "Never mind. I don't think I wanna know.""Truly, I think that's best. Please take it."He showed his teeth briefly in a very unsettling grin. "I'm giving you a piece of my mind.""I so wish you hadn't said that.
- Rachel Caine, Feast of Fools