Short Definition

shôrt
shorted, shorter, shortest, shorting, shorts
adjective
shorter, shortest
Not extending far from end to end; not long or not long enough.
Webster's New World
Low or relatively low in height; not tall.
Webster's New World
Not retentive for long.
A short memory.
Webster's New World
Not lengthy; succinct.
Short and to the point.
American Heritage
Not great in span, range, or scope.
A short distance, journey, throw, view, etc.
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adverb
Abruptly; suddenly.
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In a rude or curt manner.
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Rudely; curtly.
Webster's New World
Briefly; concisely.
Webster's New World
At a point before a given boundary, limit, or goal.
A missile that landed short of the target.
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noun
shorts
Something that is short.
Webster's New World
A variation of clothing size shorter than the average for that size.
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A byproduct of wheat milling that consists of bran, germ, and coarse meal.
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Items needed to make up a shortage or deficiency.
Webster's New World
Trimmings, clippings, etc. left over in the manufacture of various products.
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verb
shorted, shorting, shorts
To cause a short circuit in.
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Webster's New World
To give less than what is needed, wanted, or usual.
Webster's New World
To take a short position in (a stock, commodity, etc.)
Webster's New World
To short-sell (a security or index).
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pronoun

A surname​.

Wiktionary
other
A synonym for sell, in contrast to long, in which a security has been purchased. It also may be used as a noun to refer to a trader who has sold financial instruments or contracts and thereby has a short (position).
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idiom
for short
  • As an abbreviation:

    He's called Ed for short.

American Heritage
in short
  • In summary; briefly.
American Heritage
short for
  • An abbreviation of:

    Ed is short for Edward.

American Heritage
short of
  • Having an inadequate supply of:

    We're short of cash.

  • Less than:

    Nothing short of her best effort was required to make the team.

American Heritage
the short end of the stick
  • The worst side of an unequal deal.
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Other Word Forms of Short

Noun

Singular:
short
Plural:
shorts

Adjective

Base Form:
short
Comparative:
shorter
Superlative:
shortest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Short

Origin of Short

  • Middle English from Old English sceort, scort sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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