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Dictionary Definition

short adj
1 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" [ant: long]
2 primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss" [ant: long]
3 low in stature; not tall; "his was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack" [ant: tall]
4 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" [syn: inadequate, poor]
5 not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices; "a short sale"; "short in cotton" [ant: long]
6 of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt') [ant: long]
7 containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes; "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"; "a short flaky pie crust"
8 less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" [syn: light, scant(p)]
9 used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration
10 (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory"
11 lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking" [syn: shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic]
12 unwilling to endure; "she was short with the slower students" [syn: unforbearing]
13 quickly aroused to anger; "a hotheaded commander" [syn: choleric, irascible, hotheaded, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, short-tempered]
14 most direct; "took the shortest and most direct route to town" [syn: shortest]
15 marked by rude or peremptory shortness; "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"; "a curt reply"; "the salesgirl was very short with him" [syn: brusque, brusk, curt, short(p)]


1 the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
2 accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference [syn: short circuit]
3 the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between 2nd and 3rd base [syn: shortstop] adv
1 quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: abruptly, suddenly, dead]
2 without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold; "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
3 clean across; "the car's axle snapped short"
4 at some point or distance before a goal is reached; "he fell short of our expectations"
5 so as to interrupt; "She took him up short before he could continue"
6 at a disadvantage; "I was caught short" [syn: unawares]
7 tightly; "she caught him up short on his lapel"
8 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" [syn: curtly, shortly]


1 cheat someone by not returning him enough money [syn: short-change]
2 create a short-circuit in [syn: short-circuit]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • a RP /ʃɔːt/, /SO:t/
  • a US , /ʃɔrt/, /SOrt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)t


en-adj er
  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
  2. In the context of "of a person": Of comparatively little height.
  3. Having little duration.
  4. In the context of "followed by for": Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).
    “Phone” is short for “telephone”, and “PTO” is short for “please turn over”.
  5. cricket of a ball that bounced relatively far from the batsman
  6. relatively close to the batsman
  7. brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust

Usage notes

  • short is often used in the positive vertical dimension, but in the horizontal dimension, shallow and narrow are more commonly used.
having a small distance between ends or edges
  • Chinese: (duǎn)
  • Danish: kort
  • Finnish: lyhyt
  • French: court
  • German: kurz
  • Hungarian: rövid, kurta
  • Italian: corto
  • Japanese: 短い
  • Novial: kurti
  • Russian: короткий
  • Slovene: kratek , kratka , kratko
  • Spanish: corto
  • Vietnamese: đoản
constituting an abbreviation (for)
of a person, of comparatively little height
having little duration
  • French: court
  • Italian: corto


en-adv er
  1. of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full


  1. A short circuit.
  2. shortstop
    Jones smashes a grounder between third and short.


a short circuit
  • Japanese: 短絡, ショート
baseball: shortstop
  • Japanese: ショート


  1. To cause a short circuit in (something).
  2. Of an electricial circuit, to short circuit.
  3. To shortchange.
  4. To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
    This is the third time I've caught them shorting us.
  5. transitive business To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price.


to cause a short circuit



  • lang=fr|/ʃɔʁt/
  • lang=fr|/SORt/


fr-noun m
  1. shorts, short trousers a UK
    Avec un pantalon, j'ai moins froid aux jambes qu'avec un short.
    “With trousers on, my legs are not as cold as with shorts on.”

Extensive Definition

Short may refer to:
short in French: Court
short in Japanese: ショート

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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