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Short appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Santa's Short Suit Shrunk
    (name of a children's book)
  • Three short sword sheaths.
  • Does this shop sport short socks with spots?
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Usage statistics for the adjective short:

spoken English40.87%written English59.13% conversational speech41.03%task-oriented speech58.97% imaginative writing48.38%informational writing51.62%
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Short is sometimes a misspelling of shorts or sport.

The word short is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective short

What does short mean as an attribute of a noun?

Short is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: shorter | shortest

  1. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
  2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
  3. low in stature; not tall
  4. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
  5. (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
  6. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
    • examples: a short sale | short in cotton
    • domain: finance
    • antonym: long
  7. of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
    • example: the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short
    • domain: phonetics
    • antonym: long
  8. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
  9. lacking foresight or scope
  10. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
    • examples: shortbread is a short crumbly cookie | a short flaky pie crust
    • similar: breakable
  11. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    • example: the salesgirl was very short with him
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonyms of short: brusk / brusque / curt
    • similar: discourteous

Alternative definition of the adjective short


  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
  2. [context: of a person] Of comparatively little height.
  3. Having little duration; opposite of long.
  4. [context: followed by 'for'] Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).
  5. [cricket, of a ball] that bounced relatively far from the batsman
  6. [cricket, of a fielder or fielding position] relatively close to the batsman
  7. brittle (of pastry); see also shortening, shortcrust
  8. missing, deficient
  9. Any financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.

Definition of the adverb short

What does short mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. quickly and without warning
  2. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
    • example: he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
    • domain: finance
  3. clean across
    • example: the car's axle snapped short
  4. at some point or distance before a goal is reached
    • example: he fell short of our expectations
  5. so as to interrupt
    • example: She took him up short before he could continue
  6. at a disadvantage
    • example: I was caught short
    • synonym of short: unawares
  7. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
    • example: he talked short with everyone
    • synonyms of short: curtly / shortly

Alternative definition of the adverb short


  1. See abruptly.
  2. See unawares.
  3. See briefly.
  4. See curtly.
  5. without achieving a goal or requirement
  6. [cricket] of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
  7. [finance] With a negative ownership position.

Definition of the noun short

What does short mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shorts

  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
  3. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of short: shortstop
    • more generic word: position = the role assigned to an individual player
    • member of: baseball team = a team that plays baseball

Alternative definition of the noun short


  1. A short circuit.
  2. [baseball] shortstop
  3. [finance] A short seller
  4. [finance] A short sale

Specialised definition of the noun short

Glossary of sports / cricket

a fielding position that is described as short is closer than normal to the batsman (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: short midwicket

Definition of the verb short

What does short mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shorted | shorting | shorts

  1. cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  2. create a short circuit in

Alternative definition of the verb short


  1. [transitive] To cause a short circuit in (something).
  2. [intransitive] Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.
  3. [transitive] To shortchange.
  4. [transitive] To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
  5. [transitive, business] To sell something, especially securities, that one does not own at the moment for delivery at a later date in hopes of profiting from a decline in the price; to sell 'short'.


Who is Short?

Short a.k.a. Dorothy Short was an American film actress mainly in low-budget westerns and serials in the 1930s and 1940s.


  1. Short is a fictional character from the 1998 film Candle in the Dark: The Story of William Carey.
  2. Short is a fictional character from the 2001 film Cow.

There are other characters with in their name, like Ben Short, Short-Fuze, Holly Short, Short Round, Short Stick, Trevor Short, Richard Short, William Short, Short Order Cook and Short-Order Cook.


  1. "Short" is a short film, written and directed by Dairo Cervantes Duque.
  2. "Short" is a film, directed by Xawery Żuławski.
    • country: Poland
    • released in (19 years ago)


Short a.k.a. Short Film: A short film is any film not long enough to be considered a feature film. No consensus exists as to where that boundary is drawn: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits" but what is more appropriate than 10 minutes. The term featurette originally applied to a film longer than a short subject, but shorter than a standard feature film.

Phrases with Short

Phrases starting with the word Short:

  1. Short S
  2. Short of
  3. Short Bus
  4. short leg
  5. short out
  6. short ton
  7. short-run
  8. short aria
  9. short bone

Phrases ending with the word Short:

  1. in short
  2. cut short
  3. for short
  4. Hot Short
  5. One Short
  6. run short
  7. cold short
  8. come short
  9. fall short
  10. Fell Short
  11. sell short

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Short

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Google previewA Short Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon Poetry (2016)

by J. B. Bessinger

А Short Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon Poetry In a Normalized Early West-Saxon Огthography A SHORT DICTIONARY OF ANGLOSAXON POETRY A SHORT DICTIONARY OF. | В. В Е 55 || No ER. Front Cover.

Google previewA Short-hand Dictionary; or, complete Key for translating short-hand writing, etc (1838)

by James NYE

ShRPLY-sharply ShRPN-sharpcn ShRPNS-sharpness ShRPR-sharper ShRPST-sharpset ShRPSTD-sharpsìghted ShRR-sharer, Shearer SliRS-shears SliRT-shlrt, short ShRTHND-shorthand ShRTLS-shirtless ShRTLVD--shortlived ShRTI.

Google previewFinancial Lexicon (2004)

A Compendium of Financial Definitions, Acronyms, and Colloquialisms by E. Banks

SHORT COUPON A COUPON falling between a normal current coupon period, often associated with the first interest payment on a BOND or NOTE; subsequent coupons generally revert to a normal monthly, semi-annual, or annual cycle.

Google previewDictionary of Natural History Terms with their derivations, including the various orders, genera, and species (1863)

by David Hudson MACNICOLL

Bpcxxip, short; a prefix frequently occurring in scientific oompoundl. Brachyce'ntrus (lchth., EHL) Bpcxdc, short. 'in-Po', a spur, Brachycepha'lic (Zool.) flux-55, short, non-X, the head ; where the development of the skull is in the parietal ...

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Usage statistics about short

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective short:

spoken English40.87%written English59.13% conversational speech41.03%task-oriented speech58.97% imaginative writing48.38%informational writing51.62%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective short:


Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective short and its most common antonyms:

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Quotes about Short

It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese. (Lafcadio Hearn)
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Scrabble value of S1H4O1R1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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