An example of short is a walk that lasts only five minutes.
An example of short is hair that doesn't even go to your neck.
An example of short is a skirt that doesn't come down to your knees.
An example of short is when you can pay attention only for a moment.
A short toss.
Short and to the point.
A missile that landed short of the target.
Oil in short supply; were short on experience.
A board that is short two inches.
A short view of the problem.
A short memory.
We were caught short by the sudden storm.
Selling a commodity short.
- (linguistics) A short syllable, vowel, or consonant.
- A brief film; a short subject.
- A size of clothing less long than the average for that size.
- Short trousers extending to the knee or above.
- Men's undershorts.
A short distance, journey, throw, view, etc.
A short memory.
A short measure, short on money, short notice.
The shot fell short.
- Crisp or flaky, as pastry made from dough rich in shortening.
- Brittle and inductile when cold (cold short) or hot (hot short)
"the short 20th century" (1914-2000) begins with WWI.
- A short sound or syllable, contrasted with one that is long.
- A film usually less than 30 min. in length.
- A fish or lobster below the size that may be legally taken.
- A shot that falls short of the target or objective.
- As an abbreviation:He's called Ed for short.
- In summary; briefly.
- An abbreviation of:Ed is short for Edward.
- Having an inadequate supply of:We're short of cash.
- Less than:Nothing short of her best effort was required to make the team.
- Other than; without resorting to:Short of yelling at him, I had no other way to catch his attention.
- Not quite willing to undertake or do; just this side of:She stopped short of throwing out the old photo.
- The worst side of an unequal deal.
- by way of abbreviation or contraction
- in summing up; to summarize
- in a few words; briefly
- to have or be less than enough
- agreeably or expeditiously brief
- being a shortened form of, or an abbreviation or nickname for
- not equaling; less than
- without a sufficient or correct amount of; lacking
- not far enough to reach (the mark, objective, etc.)
- without actually resorting to
- the worst of a deal
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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