Translation of short in Spanish:


corto, adj.

Pronunciation /ʃɔrt/ /ʃɔːt/

See Spanish definition of corto

adjective shorter, shortest

  • 1

    (of length, height, distance)
    (hair/skirt/grass) corto
    (person) bajo
    that dress is too short for her ese vestido le queda demasiado corto
    • he's shorter than her él es más bajo que ella
    • what's the shortest route to town? ¿cúal es el camino más corto a la ciudad?
    • you were still in short pants aún llevabas pantalones cortos / andabas de pantalón corto
    • you were still in short trousers aún llevabas pantalones cortos / andabas de pantalón corto
    • they only live a short way off / away viven muy cerca
    • we've only got a short way to go ya nos falta poco (para llegar)
    • The offender is described as a white man, 5ft 10 in tall, with short dark hair and of medium build.
    • He had short dark hair, a small thin moustache and brown eyes.
    • The suspect is a white man, 6ft tall, with stubble, short dark hair, and crooked white teeth.
    • He peered down the short hall which was off the kitchen and nodded to himself when he saw the familiar set up.
    • Believe me, the game is a lot easier when your tee shots consistently find the short grass.
    • He had earlier used seven of his own clubs in a vain attempt to keep the ball on the short grass.
    • Tree shape is determined by the relative positions of long and short branches.
    • There are plenty of short runs for beginners close to the nursery area.
    • Josh picked up his pace and jogged across the park and short expanse of field to the metal dugouts.
    • The fencers would stand in an almost upright position with a short stance and the knees only slightly bent.
    • Bertha ran downstairs as quickly as her short legs would carry her, a mix of fear and intense fury flooding her veins.
    • She pulled her hair out of the back of the sweater, running a brush quickly through her short locks.
    • The towering man with short white hair walked quickly down the sidewalk as he spoke.
    • The short steep waves for which the Baltic is renowned build quickly and we soon agree that it's too rough to dive.
    • Jon held up a short, sturdy club, and Brianna quickly untangled a net and dagger.
    • Danielle shook her head in confusion, walking quickly down the short hallway to her room.
    • The distance over which a boat crew has line of sight is surprisingly short.
    • There is a makeshift parking area at the top of a short path leading to the water.
    • As she was about to turn away from the window Joanna heard voices coming from the park at the end of the short street.
    • This suggests that the sclerite wall curved into the cavity, forming a short canal or tube.
    • You have to imagine a tiny, thin, short fellow with a white beard and bald head.
    • She's short and petite, with dimples in her smile and her hair in small little buns.
    • She is short and petite in frame - a trait she inherited from her Japanese mother.
    • He was short and stocky, maybe ten years older than Jeremy, with a brown brush-cut.
    • I stand behind a short woman who was behind a tall woman and husband.
    • I wanted to join the police when I was younger but I was too short.
    • We will recruit thousands more police, especially among ethnic minorities and short people.
    • After all, if the desk is higher, a short person can always get a booster seat.
    • My mother was quite short in stature, she had been an orphan, and my cousin Vera considered her very beautiful.
    • He is short, bespectacled, narrow-shouldered, a big talent in a Woody Allen-esque package.
    • So yesterday, before going out to Popstarz with Gideon, Nick and Davo, I sent Davo a link to an article about short men.
    • I am tired of short people who can't see over the steering wheel driving large cars.
    • The artistic director Wolfgang Langhoff once sat at this desk, a short man.
    • One was a short man with bushy eyebrows, another looked like a corpse and, oddly, the third was a man in fishnets.
    • You were very tall - looming at least a chest and head above me, and I'm not short.
    • Like his brother Larry, Michael was also short and skinny when he was young.
    • Now he's the short bloke with a few million in the bank, a shelf full of Baftas and Golden Globes, and a reputation as a comic genius.
    • Usually, the person at the helm gaffs the trap, but I'm rather short so I decide to just steer.
    • You can imagine my utter disbelief then, when the cab turned up and turned out to be driven by a grey-haired, short man of about fifty years of age.
    • He is cute, tall (remember the run of short guys) and witty so we will see how that goes.
    • Wrapping her arms about her, Jenni cursed her choice of a skirt and short sleeves.
    • Only now they were incongruously dressed in sheepskin jackets and short skirts.
    • She was never associated with skimpy bathing suits, low cut gowns and short dresses.
    • Knee-length skirts and slightly shorter ones were also combined with short coats.
    • The little man with the gloves and short sleeves had no sooner orchestrated something at one end than he was thwarting his opponents at the other.
    • The man is described as 25, white, wearing a white polo shirt with short sleeves and navy shorts down to his knees.
    • Sleeveless tops and short skirts make it impossible to hide from the prying eyes of children.
    • Seiron wore black dress pants, a white shirt with short sleeves and both wore black boots to match.
    • As the passengers disembarked Toad noticed a hot young woman in a short skirt and leather jacket.
    • His shirt had short sleeves, exposing pale, wiry arms, but he showed no sign of being cold.
    • In all but the coldest months, she went about in sleeveless blouses and short skirts.
    • When I wore my shirt with its short sleeves you could see the scars on my wrist.
    • She wore a flimsy white cotton dress with short sleeves, a pink sash about the waist, and a skirt that blew in the wind.
    • She wore the short skirts and skimpy clothing that people like that would wear.
    • Next on the ramp, was a model wearing a short skirt and top, all woven in silk.
    • Women attending university are told at the gate that their skirts are too short, or asked why they are wearing jeans.
    • It's about short skirts, pretty ponytails and staying feminine, if you please.
    • At the prescription counter, there was a pregnant lady in front of me, in a short dress.
    • Lollipop ladies were warned yesterday that they must not wear short skirts and high heels while on duty.
    • This is not a problem on short journeys but on a long haul it can literally become a pain in the neck.
    • Now hardly anybody works on Saturday mornings and cars and buses are freely available to make the short journey to Ibrox or Parkhead.
    • I was put up at a villa that stood on stilts in the sea and which required a short journey by boat to reach from the main resort itself.
    • It's such a short journey to Germany that the tournament could almost feel like a home event to the Czechs.
    • With the kids packed off to relatives, I took the short journey down the road to the Battle Hospital.
    • Entry into the rear is not too difficult either and there is room enough for adults - if only on short journeys.
    • They had managed to brave the strong winds and to make the short journey down Main Street on foot.
    • They make the short journey to Ossett Town and a meeting with their former manager Steve Richards.
    • From the Roemer it's only a short walk to the banks of the Main River.
    • For as much as I enjoyed my short walk along the river day before yesterday, I really paid for it.
    • And the River Aire, just a short walk from his Carleton home, flowed through his life as a constant companion.
    • Hannah had been with friends at pubs in Bevois Valley before she was abducted on the short walk home on Friday, March 14.
    • WE ARE SITTING in a restaurant a short walk from the bookstore and I have just read him the extract above.
    • I thought I will have a short walk with the dog and go to the chemist before settling down for the rest of the day at home as I had not spent any time with the sickie.
    • Another night, on the short walk home, he became disoriented and lost, and eventually found himself in an endless tunnel.
    • Then it was time for a short walk over to the Arc de Triomphe without my camera and then back to the room for another nap!
    • There are many options to choose from including many only a short walk or ride from the gaming tables.
    • Mrs Gallagher was punched and robbed in a daytime attack just a short walk from her home at a sheltered housing complex in Undercliffe.
    • A short walk, which was perfumed by wood-smoke, led us to a small clearing where the charcoal burner was situated.
    • Cortez made the short walk to the feverish scrum in McBride's corner and raised the Irishman's right arm in victory.
  • 2

    • 2.1(brief)

      (visit/vacation/trip) corto
      the days are getting shorter los días van acortándose
      • they're striking for shorter hours están de huelga porque quieren una reducción de la jornada laboral
      • a short time ago hace poco (tiempo)
      • a short while ago hace poco rato
      • we've only lived here for a short time / while hace poco (tiempo) que vivimos aquí
      • in just a few short years en pocos años
      • to have a short memory tener mala memoria
      • the short answer to that is no en una palabra: no
      • Liz is short for Elizabeth Liz es el diminutivo de Elizabeth
      • we call him Rob for short lo llamamos Rob para abreviar
      • We'll continue our conversation with both of these senators after a short break.
      • After a short conversation he left but the residents believe someone tampered with a back window while he was there.
      • She was suspicious and, after a short conversation, told the man to leave.
      • Mourinho's father Felix picked up the receiver and spoke quietly during a short conversation.
      • The child was born while Banks was in prison, and the connection between them was only through very short visits, said the judge.
      • In 1975 they got together a small group and went over to the UK to work the Irish music venues on a short tour.
      • A short visit to my son's new home shows how deeply such thinking confuses cause and effect.
      • However, others argue that even a short visit to Varna can refute pessimistic appraisals of the situation.
      • Stalwart cricketer and former president of Glusburn cricket club has died aged 80, after a short illness.
      • Although his cricket career was short, the stories that grew up around him were tall.
      • He earned a stay of execution with a 65 in frame 30 but it was only a short reprieve before Stevens closed out the match in the next.
      • The ship was closed for a short period while it was shifted to a new location opposite the Gateway of India.
      • Route planners have worked hard to keep roads open but say some will have to be closed for a short period to ensure the safety of the competitors.
      • The evening closed with a short entertainment of music and poetry provided by members.
      • He recently resigned as manager of The Neale after a short stint in that position.
      • She had felt as though Luca were getting closer and closer until a short while ago.
      • Michael Holding has created a niche for himself in a short period of time.
      • His career was as short as it was spectacular and he later emigrated to Australia where he pursued a career as schoolmaster and journalist.
      • Days were very short and the Arabian night falls quickly across the waters of the Gulf.
      • Traditionally Pergia weddings are short and the crowd clears out quickly afterwards.
      • Plan to write a relatively short novel; you are producing one book, not a library.
      • One of the key issues to be considered in this short introduction is the extent to which this is true.
      • The third book is longer than the first two, but is relatively short.
      • This relatively short opinion questionnaire gives a pretty accurate account of where you really stand.
      • The intent of this short book is for it to be used as a simple and direct guide in a time of great danger.
      • To create an in vivo code, highlight the word or short passage that strikes you as significant and from which you want to create a node.
      • The only problem I have with the novels is that they're so short!
      • Here, with a short artist's biography, is the concert programme listed in full.
      • I shall simply make a short summary of the position and annexe his judgment to my own.
      • Most of the applications were short and boring, but Jim's eyes instantly settled on the longest one.
      • He wants leave to file a short affidavit explaining his position, so he did that, did he, Mr Hough?
      • Quickly he scribbled a short note, tore off the page and then tossed the two items back down.
      • The short essay then quickly moves on to a concern about how we should read Nietzsche's texts.
      • The second note had been shorter than the first, so short that Asim had quickly memorized it.
      • She quickly ran downstairs to her desk and wrote a short reply, before running back upstairs.
      • Have each guest give you a pic of herself with the birthday girl along with a short note of funny memories.
      • He has sold short fiction in a range of genres from horror to romantic comedy, and back again.
      • I'm apologising in advance for the very short chapter, I'll put another one up soon.
      • Often Roth and his cohorts exchange short essays instead of speaking to one another.
      • Their articles are researched, well written and blissfully short.

    • 2.2Linguistics

      (vowel/syllable) breve
      • Maybe it's all part of a plan to nullify the threat from the land of the short sharp vowel.
      • There are other vowel sounds in our language besides the short and long vowels.
      • Many local accents are marked by a rhythm that tends to lengthen stressed vowels and to reduce or eliminate unstressed short vowels.
      • It can occur in syllable coda position, but only after a short vowel.
      • A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
      • We have alternately one long or forcible syllable, and two short or light ones, recurring over and over.

  • 3

    (brusque, impatient)
    (manner) brusco
    (manner) cortante
    he was very short with me estuvo muy brusco / cortante conmigo
    • she has a very short temper tiene muy mal genio
    • He was short with the press, which did not endear him when it came to the races with Coe.
    • British Transport Police are being very short with their version of events.
    • I don't know what I have done to upset him but I must have done something as Gareth has been very short with me of late.
    • I've tried to be very short with him when he comes to ask for guidance from me.
    • Owen had been very short with him, his answers to Sam's questions almost monosyllabic.
    • For a moment I almost felt guilty for being so short with him as his gaze fell and he slouched into his chair.
    • She and her mother had a good relationship and Eleanor was rarely short with her.
    • She's been kind of short with me, spending most of her time with that boy with the scar down his arm.
    • He is thankful that Fielding visited him again even though Aziz was short with him.
    • The remainder of the day progressed as normal, but Mary couldn't help but feel that Bertha was a little short with her.
    • One minute she'll be nice and friendly and the next she'll be short and distant.
  • 4

    (inadequate, deficient)
    (to be) short of sth/sb
    to be short on sth
    the troops were on short rations las raciones de las tropas eran escasas
    • he was fined for giving short weight lo multaron por no dar el peso exacto
    • time is getting short queda poco tiempo
    • I'm a bit short just now ando algo corto / escaso / apurado de dinero en este momento
    • we're/they're still six people short / (US also) short six people todavía nos/les faltan seis personas
    • the throw was short by several meters el tiro se quedó corto varios metros
    • We have not gotten off that, which is why we're short on equipment and personnel and training.
    • They were short on information, but all said Deane had resigned from the OPP.
    • If you're short on time and desperately in need of a one-stop option for all of your green needs, you're in luck.
    • With the retirement of Istabraq we are short on stars but this lady could soon be a darling with racegoers everywhere.
    • Is this someone's way of telling us we're short on our annual allotment of carrots?
    • It was the same Government which made a plea to the Supreme Court that the scheme could not be run as they were short on money!
    • Armed with a booming drive, he is not short on confidence, and it is more than his golf that will help him to stand out.
    • Reading a book of plays is another great way to get some reading in when you're short on time.
    • The Prime Minister's speech was short on any vision that addressed those matters.
    • The book is somewhat short on hard evidence, yet Davies says he has no doubt about the truth of the revelations.
    • Coming off four heavy defeats on the bounce, his charges looked lamentably short on confidence.
    • Newer outfits can also face potential conflicts of interest, or at least be short on quality.
    • What the South African world number four will be short on is the level of confidence achieved only through winning.
    • The students are long on facts and short on the reflection and analysis that comes with experience.
    • Two of the main ingredients in this are sugar and refined flour, both of which are seriously short on nutrients.
    • Was it a ruse to allow reporters short on subject matter to fill the pages dedicated to the European Championship?
    • However, whatever the visitors were lacking they will never be short on pride and spirit.
    • They may be strong on physical prowess, but a little short on the professional side.
    • True, the braised fennel was a bit crunchy and the leek and bacon risotto with which it was stuffed was a bit short on leek and bacon, but it was pretty nice.
    • Mulberry was a little short on heritage; worse still, it was bereft of excitement.
    • Six days after Tropical Storm Jeanne hit the island, water and food supplies are short.
    • The co-operative's arable manager, Phil Rees, warned that supplies could be very short next spring.
    • He added that there is a short supply of trained diabeticians.
    • Pigs are the one bright spot on the horizon but supplies are short.
    • The matriarch shrugged her shoulders and said that supplies were short.
    • Animals like this only come into the open when the natural food supply is short.
    • Work out arrangements in advance with other farmers to help you out when your supplies are short.
    • Similarly, for the first time in years, the short supply of mechanics appears not so dire.
    • There is already a short supply in some trades, especially those skilled trades such as bricklayers.
    • Supplies were so short that the Japanese resorted to cannibalism, eating the flesh of prisoners and their own troops.
    • However, the pain lasted only as long as his short supply of breath could keep him alive.
    • They reward bravery and commitment - something never short with Simon.
    • I don't mind pitching in a situation where staffing is short, supplies are scarce, morale is low.
    • The short supply of tomatoes means prices are higher, too, which means there's less demand.
    • As food and water became scarce, they were the first that society wanted to exterminate in order to preserve their short supply.
    • Val's food supply was going on short, she would have thanked him, but instead silently did so.
    • But most of that annual generation will be in summer when power is not short.
    • It worked out - money was short, but just enough to keep the apartment and pay the bills.
    • But if time is short it comes back to the question of direct access.
    • At the moment England are strong on hounds but a little short in the fox department.
  • 5

    (pastry) (por contener mucha mantequilla o grasa) que se deshace fácilmente
    • The easiest way to do this with very short pastry is wrap it lightly around the rolling pin, lift the pastry up on the rolling pin, and lay it on top of the fruit.
    • The short pastry is good and the sauce emulsified, but filling is bland invalid food and the ham is elusive.
    • This had thin, short pastry nicely dusted with icing sugar and was delicious.
    • Because you don't need the pastry to rise, you can use frozen puff pastry, leftover trimmings, or even short pastry.
    • There's a proper crunch to the short pastry and the filling ticks all the boxes.
    • The pastry was short and there was no doubt about the almond flavour.
    • Bring the mixture together to form a short pastry, but don't overwork it.
    • Who can resist the flinty crispness of baked pecans, suspended in a maple-goo inside short, buttery pastry?
  • 6

    • 6.1

      (sale) al descubierto
      • Take short positions with caution until the market reverts back to bull confirmed.
      • Unlike other investors, he can establish either long or short positions in securities.
      • Shorters or short sellers are traders who sell shares that they don't already own.
      • In other words, you need two long call options to hedge one short futures contract.
      • If a short squeeze occurs and enough short sellers buy back the stock, the price could go even higher.

    • 6.2

      (bill) a corto plazo
      • It is unusual because of the falling interest rate environment during most of the period, at least for short bonds, followed by a leveling off and slight rise in the last few months.


  • 1

    (suddenly, abruptly)
    he cut me short me interrumpió
    • he cut short his vacation interrumpió sus vacaciones
    • He does tend to hit a lot of balls short, which allowed me to move up in the court and attack.
    • Instead, we end up making an ugly pass at the ball and almost always leave it two or three feet short.
    • Today, they are playing away from the body when the ball is pitched short.
    • Diving to score a try against the Ospreys but stopping dead three inches short and the ball popping out: no try.
    • The trouble is that his natural delivery is just back of a length and if he is not in the groove, he pitches too short and the batsmen cash in.
    • That's a big ask, and Boyd falls critically short, and so the whole thing is quite comical.
    • They had fallen spectacularly short at Euro 2004, eliminated in the first round.
    • Twice GHA opted to kick at goal but both efforts by Noonan fell pitifully short.
    • His party had come a long way towards defeating a wartime president only to fall agonisingly short.
    • Anderson comes close to masterpiece territory here, but falls frustratingly short.
    • He used all his strength to make one final grasp at redemption but still falls quite short.
    • When he did find an inch of space, John Hartson's return pass fell lamely short.
    • Mightily impressive it may be, but the Continental falls just short.
    • Paul Walsh sent in a high ball which dropped short to Peter Walsh on the edge of the square.
    • Langley was cut down three metres short by Emelio but the Kiwi held him down in the tackle and was dispatched to the sin bin by referee Ian Smith.
    • The ease of the try was ominous, as was Joe Vagana's first-minute break that ended inches short.
    • Sure enough, I came up 15 yards short and right, and with a bunker between me and the flag which could not have been in a tighter spot.
    • Westwood's chip was not perfect and just trickled onto the green seven feet short.
    • A circular motion shows a hit, straight up means the arrow went long, straight down means it went short, etc.
    • Macalester fought hard to come back and fell just one run short in the end.
  • 2

    (below target, requirement)
    to go short (of sth)


  • 1

    cortocircuito masculine
    corto masculine
    • The transformer laminations or coating of shellac, enamel or varnish is to insulate adjacent turns from shorts between winding.
    • An internal short can cause the battery cells to overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
  • 2

    cortometraje masculine
    corto masculine
    • Arteta made several well-received shorts and the feature film Star Maps, about a would-be movie star who makes a living selling Hollywood maps - and sex.
    • It means feature films, not shorts; fiction not documentary.
    • The Raindance festival commences on October 23 and will include 70 feature films and 200 shorts from 22 countries.
    • We decided to try to set up a low budget scheme for film-makers that were ready to move up from shorts to feature films.
    • During this period he also worked on the script development of Scandal and produced two other feature films and three shorts.
    • Anything you would do differently in making the short or the feature film if you could do it over again?
    • Livia Ruzic is a Melbourne-based sound editor who works on shorts, documentaries and feature films.
    • This festival manages to deliver more than 75 feature films and dozens of shorts in just 10 quick days.
    • All of the shorts and even the featurettes have subtitles.
    • Cinematheque Ontario presents five of his features and six shorts, as well as other films selected by Maddin.
    • There are also animation shorts, featuring a duo named Nix and Tix, that emphasize certain scientific principles.
    • Lasseter recalls what could carry a feature-length animated film, and some of the older Pixar film shorts are included too.
    • This short represents the show at the pinnacle of its particularly pleasing powers.
    • In the end, Conran's six-minute short was probably best left at its original length.
    • The generation gap also ran through the Dirty Laundry program, a strong collection of shorts examining dysfunctional families.
    • A short by Peter Regan entitled Jonny the Pessimist was interesting.
    • Alongside the usual cast interviews and making of shorts, there are several great pieces.
    • Another title followed, announcing Hot Rockers, after which the first short began.
    • That's not surprising as it costs a pretty packet to even shoot a short.
    • I've just directed for the first time - my new love is called Wait, a short.
  • 3British

    copa de bebida alcohólica de las que se sirven en pequeñas cantidades, como el whisky o el coñac (drink)
    • Nicholas said he had drunk about six shorts and other alcohol and had taken heroin in the hours leading up to the encounter.
    • She had drunk a litre of cider and three shorts of vodka and had taken too high a dose of her prescribed medicine.
    • There is a fan nearby which fills one ear with white noise and makes me slightly giddy as if I had drunk a short.
    • So, the harsh truth was that we served shorts and fizzy beer, and that was it.
    • Police are investigating allegations that cabin crew downed alcohol shorts during a holiday flight returning to Manchester.
    • The perpetrator was said in court to have drunk 15 pints of beer and five shorts between noon and 4pm on the day of the offence.
    • Drinks run to beers, shorts and coffees and we don't know why it's called Greenwich.
    • You ordered shorts instead of pints, because you thought it useful to give the impression that you had money.
    • How can you be sure that your pint's a pint and your shorts aren't short?
    • But Billy had never really been a beer drinker, so he stuck to the shorts.
    • If a quick health check at the bar uncovers some bad news, the pub will do a roaring trade in stiff shorts.
  • 4shorts plural

    • 4.1(short trousers)

      shorts masculine
      a pair of shorts unos shorts
      • bathing shorts traje de baño

    • 4.2US (men's underwear)

      calzoncillos masculine

intransitive verb

  • 1

    hacer un cortocircuito
    • If you did not do anything with the flyback, gradually the internal capacitance will become shorted and you will need to refurbish the flyback.
    • Only by using a ringer test you will know if it shorted or not.
    • It sort of reminded me of when you see powerlines shorting out, or see a lot of sort of slow sparks leaping out from this central point.
    • This gradually builds up over consecutive recharge cycles until it punctures the separator, shorting the battery out.
    • This means opening the PC and then shorting out two terminals on the motherboard, performing a boot while the terminals are shorted then returning them to their original position.
    • They can be shorted by contact with metal objects and leak or rupture and may cause personal injury.
    • If it is a battery that is shorted, the battery will be discharged very quickly and will heat up due to the high current flow.
    • I picked up the car this afternoon, and they told me the windscreen wiper motor had shorted.
    • Weeds also can complete the circuit when they touch the wires, sometimes shorting out the fence so it can't shock anything.
    • It didn't seem to work afterwards, until I removed the metal casing (it seems the impacted casing was shorting several connections inside the card).
    • This will help keep moisture from shorting out the connection.
    • They discovered, whilst very hungover, that every circuit in the house, except the lighting circuit, had blown when the metal knife cutting through the flex had shorted it.
    • On his way to the lodge, Mike noticed the back-up generator had shorted out.
    • I picked up the phone again, but it slipped out of my fingers and into the water, where it sparked and shorted out.
    • The electric blanket under the pillow had shorted and started a fire in the pillow under his head.
    • At some point the electrician came to fix the circuit breaker that shorted out last night.
    • When this stuff is ‘pressed’ together with the chip, it provides great insulation, and it's kind of rubbery to keep anything from shorting out.
    • One of the fluorescent fixtures was shorting out and causing a cascade effect.
    • The legs of this diode are covered in heat shrink to prevent shorting out.
    • Checking a shorted part's easy: Just connect an ohmmeter, and if it never charges up to an open circuit, then it's either leaky or shorted.

transitive verb

  • 1

    provocar un cortocircuito en