Adjective: short (shorter,shortest) short
Noun: short short
- Primarily temporal sense; indicating, being or seeming to be limited in duration
"a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"
- (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
"short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
- Low in stature; not tall
"he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack";
- Not sufficient to meet a need
"money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience";
- inadequate, poor
- (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
"a short memory";
- unretentive, forgetful
- (finance) not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
"a short sale"; "short in cotton"
- (phonetics) of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
"the English vowel sounds in 'pat', 'pet', 'pit', 'pot', putt' are short"
- Less than the correct, legal or full amount, often deliberately
"regularly gives short weight";
- light, scant
- Lacking foresight or scope
"a short view of the problem"; "a short-sighted view of the problem";
- shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic, short-sighted
- Tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
"a short flaky pie crust"; "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"
- Marked by rude or peremptory shortness
"the salesgirl was very short with him";
- brusque, brusk [non-standard], curt, snippy
Adverb: short 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
- short circuit
- The fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
Verb: short short
- Quickly and without warning
"he stopped short";
- abruptly, suddenly, dead
- (finance) without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
"he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
- Clean across
"the car's axle snapped short"
- At some point or distance before a goal is reached
"he fell short of our expectations"
- So as to interrupt
"She took him up short before he could continue"
- At a disadvantage
"I was caught short";
- In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
"he talked short with everyone";
- curtly, shortly
- Cheat someone by not returning him enough money
- Create a short circuit in
Derived forms: shorter, shorts, shorted, shorting, shortest
See also: abbreviated, breakable, brief, chunky, clipped, close, compact, curtal [archaic], deficient, discourteous, dumpy, duration, fleeting, forgetful, fugitive, half-length, heavyset, height, ignorant, improvident, insufficient, length, low, low-set, mindless, momentaneous, momentary, pint-size, pint-sized, runty, sawed-off [N. Amer], sawn-off [Brit], short and sweet, short-dated [Brit], shortened, shortish, short-range, short-run, short-snouted, short-stalked, short-term, snub, squab, squabby, squat, squatty, stature, stocky, stubby, stumpy, telescoped, thick, thickset, truncate, truncated, unmindful
Type of: bunco [N. Amer], bunko, con, contact, create, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick [N. Amer], grift [N. Amer], gyp, hornswoggle [N. Amer], make, mulct, nobble [Brit], parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, position, ream [N. Amer], rook, scam, short-change, swindle, tangency, tract, victimise [Brit], victimize
Antonym: long, tall
Part of: baseball diamond, baseball team, circuit, diamond, electric circuit, electrical circuit, infield
Encyclopedia: Short, Short Man