- to give (someone) less money than is due in change
- to cheat by depriving of something due
transitive verbshort·changed, short·chang·ing, short·chang·es
- To give (someone) less change than is due in a transaction.
- To treat unfairly or deceitfully; cheat: “a deceitful cook who skimps on ingredients and shortchanges guests” (Jacques Pepin).
(third-person singular simple present shortchanges, present participle shortchanging, simple past and past participle shortchanged)
- To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.
- I gave him $10 for a $5 item and he only gave me $1 back. I got shortchanged!
- (by extension) To deprive someone of something for which they paid.
- The elective class was easy, but in the end I was shortchanging myself.
- To make disadvantaged by design.