Definitions for shortʃɔrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shortʃɔrt(adj.; adv.; n.; v.)short•er, short•est

  1. (adj.)having little length; not long.

  2. having little height; not tall.

  3. extending or reaching only a little way:

    a short path.

  4. brief in duration; not extensive in time.

  5. concise, as writing.

  6. rudely brief; abrupt.

  7. low in amount; scanty:

    short rations.

  8. not reaching a mark, target, or the like.

  9. not reaching a standard, required level, etc.; deficient:

    a short measure.

  10. having an insufficient amount (often fol. by in or on):

    He was short in experience.

  11. (of pastry) crisp and flaky from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.

    Category: Cooking

  12. (of metals) deficient in tenacity; friable; brittle.

    Category: Metallurgy

  13. (of a speech sound) lasting a relatively short time. having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: Compare long1 (def. 18). 1 1 21

  14. (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively short time. unstressed.

    Category: Prosody

  15. (of an alcoholic drink) small.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  16. (adv.)abruptly or suddenly:

    to stop short.

  17. briefly; curtly.

  18. on the near side of an intended or particular point:

    The arrow landed short.

  19. (n.)something that is short.

  20. the sum and substance of a matter; gist (usu. prec. by the).

  21. a deficiency or the amount of a deficiency; shortage.

  22. shorts, trousers, knee-length or shorter. short pants worn by men as underwear; drawers. knee breeches, formerly worn by men. remnants or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.

    Category: Business, Clothing

  23. a size of garments for persons who are shorter than average. a garment in this size.

  24. Mil. a shot that strikes or bursts short of the target.

    Category: Military

  25. Category: Electricity and Magnetism

    Ref: short circuit. 1

  26. a short sound or syllable.

    Category: Prosody, Language/Linguistics

  27. Category: Sport

    Ref: shortstop (def. 1). 1 1

  28. Category: Showbiz

    Ref: short subject.

  29. (v.t.)to short-circuit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  30. to shortchange.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  31. (v.i.)to short-circuit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for short:

  1. come or fall short, to fail to reach a particular standard. to prove insufficient; be lacking.

    Category: Idiom

  2. cut short,to end abruptly; interrupt or terminate.

    Category: Idiom

  3. for short,by way of abbreviation.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in short, in summary. in brief.

    Category: Idiom

  5. sell short, to sell stocks at a high price without actually possessing them, expecting to cover them later at a lower price and keeping the price difference as profit. to disparage or underestimate.

    Category: Idiom, Business

  6. short for,being a shorter form of:

    “Phone” is short for “telephone.”

    Category: Idiom

  7. short of, less than; inferior to. inadequately supplied with. without going to the length of:

    Short of murder, they would have tried anything.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of short:

bef. 900; OE sceort, c. OHG scurz


Princeton's WordNet

  1. short(noun)

    the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed

  2. short circuit, short(noun)

    accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference

  3. shortstop, short(adj)

    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base

  4. short(adj)

    primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration

    "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"

  5. short(adj)

    (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length

    "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"

  6. short, little(adj)

    low in stature; not tall

    "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"

  7. inadequate, poor, short(adj)

    not sufficient to meet a need

    "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"

  8. unretentive, forgetful, short(adj)

    (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range

    "a short memory"

  9. short(adj)

    not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices

    "a short sale"; "short in cotton"

  10. short(adj)

    of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration

    "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"

  11. light, scant(p), short(adj)

    less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

    "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"

  12. short, shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic(adj)

    lacking foresight or scope

    "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"

  13. short(adj)

    tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening

    "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"

  14. brusque, brusk, curt, short(p)(verb)

    marked by rude or peremptory shortness

    "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him"

  15. short-change, short(verb)

    cheat someone by not returning him enough money

  16. short-circuit, short(adverb)

    create a short circuit in

  17. abruptly, suddenly, short, dead(adverb)

    quickly and without warning

    "he stopped suddenly"

  18. short(adverb)

    without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold

    "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"

  19. short(adverb)

    clean across

    "the car's axle snapped short"

  20. short(adverb)

    at some point or distance before a goal is reached

    "he fell short of our expectations"

  21. short(adverb)

    so as to interrupt

    "She took him up short before he could continue"

  22. short, unawares(adverb)

    at a disadvantage

    "I was caught short"

  23. curtly, short, shortly(adverb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. short(adjective)ʃɔrt

    ≠ long

    The skirt is too short.; a short piece of string; short hair

  2. shortʃɔrt

    ≠ long

    a short walk in the woods; The movie was short.

  3. shortʃɔrt

    ≠ tall

    a short, plump lady

  4. shortʃɔrt

    ≠ long

    a short word beginning with 'b'; a short speech

  5. shortʃɔrt

    a short version of

    Sam is short for Samantha or Samuel.

  6. shortʃɔrt

    rude and impatient in the way you speak to sb; = curt

    He was a little short with her.

  7. shortʃɔrt

    not having enough

    short of money/food/time

  8. shortʃɔrt

    without much warning

    It's a job where you can be asked to go somewhere at very short notice.

  9. short(adverb)ʃɔrt

    not quite reaching a particular point

    The final total came in just short of a million.

  10. shortʃɔrt

    to stop sth earlier than planned

    The singer has been forced to cut short her world tour.

  11. shortʃɔrt

    to not reach a particular goal or standard

    redevelopment plans that fell short of expectations

  12. shortʃɔrt

    (of a supply) to not have much left

    We're running short of paper for the photocopier.

  13. shortʃɔrt

    indicates the most extreme thing you could do; = besides

    Short of resigning, I have very few choices.


  1. short(Noun)

    A short circuit.

  2. short(Noun)

    A short film.

  3. short(Noun)


    Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.

  4. short(Noun)

    A short seller

    The market decline was terrible, but the shorts were buying champagne.

  5. short(Noun)

    A short sale

    He closed out his short at a modest loss after three months.

  6. short(Verb)

    To cause a short circuit in (something).

  7. short(Verb)

    Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.

  8. short(Verb)

    To shortchange.

  9. short(Verb)

    To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.

    This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.

  10. short(Verb)

    To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell short.

  11. short(Adverb)


    They had to stop short to avoid hitting the dog in the street.

  12. short(Adverb)


    The recent developments at work caught them short.

  13. short(Adverb)


    The boss got a message and cut the meeting short.

  14. short(Adverb)


    He cut me short repeatedly in the meeting.

  15. short(Adverb)

    without achieving a goal or requirement

    His speech fell short of what was expected.

  16. short(Adverb)

    of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full

  17. short(Adverb)

    With a negative ownership position.

    We went short most finance companies in July.

  18. short(Adjective)

    Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.

  19. short(Adjective)

    Of comparatively little height.

  20. short(Adjective)

    Having little duration; opposite of long.

    Our meeting was a short six minutes today. Every day for the past month it's been at least twenty minutes long.

  21. short(Adjective)

    Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).

    u201CPhoneu201D is short for u201Ctelephoneu201D and "asap" short for "as soon as possible".

  22. short(Adjective)

    that bounced relatively far from the batsman

  23. short(Adjective)

    relatively close to the batsman

  24. short(Adjective)

    brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust

  25. short(Adjective)

    missing, deficient

    The cashier came up short ten dollars on his morning shift.

  26. short(Adjective)

    Any financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.

    I'm short General Motors because I think their sales are plunging.

  27. short(Preposition)

    Deficient in.

  28. short(Preposition)

    Having a negative position in.

    I don't want to be short the market going into the weekend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Short

    not long; having brief length or linear extension; as, a short distance; a short piece of timber; a short flight

  2. Short

    not extended in time; having very limited duration; not protracted; as, short breath

  3. Short

    limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty; as, a short supply of provisions, or of water

  4. Short

    insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied; scantily furnished; lacking; not coming up to a resonable, or the ordinary, standard; -- usually with of; as, to be short of money

  5. Short

    deficient; defective; imperfect; not coming up, as to a measure or standard; as, an account which is short of the trith

  6. Short

    not distant in time; near at hand

  7. Short

    limited in intellectual power or grasp; not comprehensive; narrow; not tenacious, as memory

  8. Short

    less important, efficaceous, or powerful; not equal or equivalent; less (than); -- with of

  9. Short

    abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant; as, he gave a short answer to the question

  10. Short

    breaking or crumbling readily in the mouth; crisp; as, short pastry

  11. Short


  12. Short

    engaging or engaged to deliver what is not possessed; as, short contracts; to be short of stock. See The shorts, under Short, n., and To sell short, under Short, adv

  13. Short(adverb)

    not prolonged, or relatively less prolonged, in utterance; -- opposed to long, and applied to vowels or to syllables. In English, the long and short of the same letter are not, in most cases, the long and short of the same sound; thus, the i in ill is the short sound, not of i in isle, but of ee in eel, and the e in pet is the short sound of a in pate, etc. See Quantity, and Guide to Pronunciation, //22, 30

  14. Short(noun)

    a summary account

  15. Short(noun)

    the part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran

  16. Short(noun)

    short, inferior hemp

  17. Short(noun)

    breeches; shortclothes

  18. Short(noun)

    a short sound, syllable, or vowel

  19. Short(adverb)

    in a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short

  20. Short(verb)

    to shorten

  21. Short(verb)

    to fail; to decrease


  1. Short

    Short is a lunar impact crater that is located in the southern regions of the Moon, on the near side. It lies just to the south of the larger, prominent crater Moretus, and northeast of Newton. This crater lies across an older crater designated Short B. Only the eroded southeastern section of the rim of Short B still survives. There is a cluster of small craters attached to the outer rim within the attached Short B. Short itself is an eroded formation with a somewhat uneven outer rim. The inner wall is more narrow to the southeast and wider elsewhere. Several tiny craterlets lie along the rim edge, as well as the inner wall and floor. At the midpoint of the interior floor of Short is a low central rise. A small crater lies along the northeast edge of this hill.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'short' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #543

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'short' in Written Corpus Frequency: #659

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'short' in Adjectives Frequency: #50

Anagrams of short

  1. thors

  2. trosh

  3. horst

Translations for short

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not long

You look nice with your hair short; Do you think my dress is too short?

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