adjective, shorter, shortest.
having little length; not long.
having little height; not tall:
a short man.
extending or reaching only a little way:
a short path.
brief in duration; not extensive in time:
a short wait.
brief or concise, as writing.
rudely brief; abrupt; hurting:
low in amount; scanty:
not reaching a point, mark, target, or the like; not long enough or far enough.
below the standard in extent, quantity, duration, etc.:
having a scanty or insufficient amount of (often followed by in or on):
He was short in experience.
being below a necessary or desired level; lacking:
The office is short due to winter colds and flu.
(of pastry and the like) crisp and flaky; breaking or crumbling readily from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
(of dough) containing a relatively large amount of shortening.
(of metals) deficient in tenacity; friable; brittle.
(of the head or skull) of less than ordinary length from front to back.
not possessing at the time of sale commodities or stocks that one sells.
noting or pertaining to a sale of commodities or stocks that the seller does not possess, depending for profit on a decline in prices.
lasting a relatively short time: “Bit” has a shorter vowel-sound than “bid” or “bead.”.
belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually shorter in duration than another class, as the vowel of but as compared to that of bought, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the a in German Bann in contrast with the ah in Bahn, or the t in Italian fato in contrast with the tt in fatto (opposed to long).
having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
(of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively shorter time than a long syllable.
unstressed (def 1).
(of an alcoholic drink) small:
a short drink.
Chiefly British. (of whiskey) undiluted; straight.
Ceramics. (of clay) not plastic enough to be modeled.
Ropemaking. hard (def 39).
abruptly or suddenly:
to stop short.
on the near side of an intended or particular point:
The arrow landed short.
with the hands higher on the handle of the bat than usual:
He held the bat short and flied out.
in a fielding position closer to home plate than usual.
something that is short.
that which is deficient or lacking.
the sum and substance of a matter; gist (usually preceded by the).
trousers, knee-length or shorter.
short pants worn by men as an undergarment.
knee breeches, formerly worn by men.
Finance. short-term bonds.
Mining. crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade.
Compare fine1 (def 28a).
remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
a size of garment for men who are shorter than average:
He wears a 42 short.
a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in such a size.
Military. a shot that strikes or bursts short of the target.
Electricity. short circuit.
Prosody. a short sound or syllable.
Baseball. shortstop (def 1).
Movies. short subject.
Finance. short seller.
a deficiency or the amount of a deficiency.
Chiefly British. a small drink of straight whiskey; shot.
verb (used with object)
to cause a short circuit in.
to cheat by giving less than is expected or deserved; shortchange.
verb (used without object)
cut short, to end abruptly; terminate:
Her nap was cut short by a loud noise from outside.
fall / come short,
to fail to reach a particular standard.
to prove insufficient; be lacking:
Her funds fell short, and she had to wire home for help.
for short, by way of abbreviation:
Her name is Patricia, and she’s called Pat for short.
in few words; in brief:
In short, this has been rather a disappointing day.
make short work of. work (def 53).
run short, to be in insufficient supply:
My patience is running short.
Stock Exchange. to sell stocks or the like without having them in one’s actual possession at the time of the sale.
to disparage or underestimate:
Don’t sell Tom short; he’s really an excellent engineer.
short and sweet,
We’re in a hurry, so make it short and sweet.
short for, being a shorter form of; abbreviated to: “Phone” is short for “telephone.”.
less than; inferior to.
inadequately supplied with (money, food, etc.).
without going to the length of; failing of; excluding:
Short of murder, there is nothing he wouldn’t have tried to get what he wanted.
of little length; not long
of little height; not tall
of limited duration
not meeting a requirement; deficient: the number of places laid at the table was short by four
(postpositive; often foll by of or on) lacking (in) or needful (of): I’m always short of money
lacking in the power of retentiveness: a short memory
abrupt to the point of rudeness: the salesgirl was very short with him
not possessing the securities or commodities that have been sold under contract and therefore obliged to make a purchase before the delivery date
of or relating to such sales, which depend on falling prices for profit
denoting a vowel of relatively brief temporal duration
classified as short, as distinguished from other vowels. Thus in English (ɪ) in bin, though of longer duration than (iː) in beat, is nevertheless regarded as a short vowel
(in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels represented orthographically in the words pat, pet, pit, pot, put, and putt
denoting a vowel that is phonetically short or a syllable containing such a vowel. In classical verse short vowels are followed by one consonant only or sometimes one consonant plus a following l or r
(of a vowel or syllable in verse that is not quantitative) not carrying emphasis or accent; unstressed
(of pastry) crumbly in texture See also shortcrust pastry
(of a drink of spirits) undiluted; neat
(of betting odds) almost even
(informal) have someone by the short and curlies, to have (someone) completely in one’s power
in short supply, scarce
short and sweet, unexpectedly brief
short for, an abbreviation for
abruptly: to stop short
briefly or concisely
rudely or curtly
(finance) without possessing the securities or commodities at the time of their contractual sale: to sell short
caught short, taken short, having a sudden need to urinate or defecate
to prove inadequate
(often foll by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
go short, not to have a sufficient amount, etc
short of, except: nothing short of a miracle can save him now
anything that is short
a drink of spirits as opposed to a long drink such as beer
(phonetics, prosody) a short vowel or syllable
a short contract or sale
a short seller
a short film, usually of a factual nature
See short circuit (sense 1)
(informal) for short, as an abbreviation: he is called Jim for short
as a summary
in a few words
See short circuit (sense 2)
shopping bag lady
noun, Finance. 1. the total amount by which a single seller or all sellers are short in a particular stock or commodity or in the market as a whole.
noun, Golf. 1. a club, as a pitcher, pitching niblick, or niblick, with a short shaft and an iron head the face of which has great slope, for hitting approach shots.
adjective 1. rather short.
- Short jenny
noun 1. (billiards) an in-off into a middle pocket Compare long jenny