Short - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃɔːrt|  American pronunciation of the word short
Brit.  |ʃɔːt|  British pronunciation of the word short


- the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
- accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
- the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base


- cheat someone by not returning him enough money
- create a short circuit in (syn: short- circuit)
- of insufficient quantity to meet a need (syn: inadequate, jejune, poor)
- less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so (syn: light, scant)
- lacking foresight or scope (syn: myopic)
- tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
- marked by rude or peremptory shortness (syn: brusque, curt)
- quickly and without warning (syn: abruptly, dead, suddenly)
- without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
- clean across
- at some point or distance before a goal is reached
- so as to interrupt
- at a disadvantage (syn: unawares)
- in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner (syn: shortly)


One of my legs is slightly shorter than the other.

He is short for his age.

The shortest day of the year

Life's too short to worry about the past.

The movie was very short.

You have done a lot in a short space of time.

A short burst of speed

I've only lived here for a short time.

She has made great progress in a few short years.

He visited for two short weeks.

He threw the ball short.

...the bicyclist ahead of me unexpectedly pulled up short and I unavoidably plowed into him...

The short before the main movie was very funny.

He made a short work of the problem.

Food was short.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: short
he/she/it: shorts
present participle: shorting
past tense: shorted
past participle: shorted
singular: short
plural: shorts
comparative: shorter
superlative: shortest
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