1Measuring a small distance from end to end.
small, little, tiny, minusculelow, squat, stubby, miniature, dwarfdirect, straightView synonyms
- ‘short dark hair’
- ‘a short flight of steps’
- ‘the bed was too short for him’
- 1.1(of a journey) covering a small distance.‘the hotel is a short walk from the sea’
- 1.2(of a garment or sleeves on a garment) only covering the top part of a person's arms or legs.‘a short skirt’
- 1.3(of a person) small in height.‘he is short and tubby’small, little, petite, tiny, squat, stocky, dumpy, stubby, elfin, dwarfish, diminutive, LilliputianView synonyms
- 1.4(of a ball in cricket, a shot in tennis, etc.) traveling only a small distance before bouncing.‘he uses his opportunities to attack every short ball’
- 1.5short for shortstop
2Lasting or taking a small amount of time.‘visiting London for a short break’‘a short conversation’brief, momentary, temporary, short-lived, impermanent, short-term, cursory, fleeting, passing, fugitive, flying, lightning, transitory, transient, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, quick, meteoricView synonyms
- 2.1attributive Seeming to last less time than is the case; passing quickly.‘in 10 short years all this changed’
- 2.2(of a person's memory) retaining things for only a small amount of time.‘he has a short memory for past misdeeds’
- 2.3Stock Market (of stocks or other securities or commodities) sold in advance of being acquired, with reliance on the price falling so that a profit can be made.
- 2.4Stock Market (of a broker, position in the market, etc.) buying or based on short stocks or other securities or commodities.
- 2.5Denoting or having a relatively early date for the maturing of a bill of exchange.
- 2.1attributive Seeming to last less time than is the case; passing quickly.
3Relatively small in extent.‘a short speech’‘he wrote a short book’concise, brief, succinct, to the point, compact, terse, curt, summary, economical, crisp, short and sweet, pithy, epigrammatic, laconic, pointed, thumbnail, abridged, abbreviated, condensed, synoptic, compendious, summarized, contracted, curtailed, truncatedView synonyms
- 3.1short of/onNot having enough of (something); lacking or deficient in.‘they were very short of provisions’‘I know you're short on cash’deficient in, lacking, lacking in, wanting, wanting in, in need of, low on, short on, missing, with an insufficiency of, with too few …, with too little …View synonyms
- 3.2predicative In insufficient supply.‘food is short’scarce, in short supply, scant, scanty, meagre, sparse, hard to find, hard to come by, not enough, too little, insufficient, deficient, inadequate, lacking, wantingView synonyms
- 3.1short of/onNot having enough of (something); lacking or deficient in.
(of a vowel) categorized as short with regard to quality and length (e.g. in standard British English the vowel /ʊ/ in good is short as distinct from the long vowel /uː/ in food).
- 4.1Prosody (of a vowel or syllable) having the lesser of the two recognized durations.
5predicative (of a person) terse; uncivil.‘he was often sharp and rather short with her’curt, sharp, abrupt, blunt, brusque, terse, offhand, gruff, ungracious, graceless, surly, snappy, testy, tart, rude, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-manneredView synonyms
6(of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a high level of probability.‘they have been backed at short odds to win thousands of pounds’
7(of pastry) containing a high proportion of fat to flour and therefore crumbly.crumbly, crispy, crisp, brittle, friableView synonyms
- 7.1(of clay) having poor plasticity.
1(chiefly in sport) at, to, or over a relatively small distance.‘you go deep and you go short’
- 1.1Not as far as the point aimed at; not far enough.‘all too often you pitch the ball short’
- 1.1Not as far as the point aimed at; not far enough.
1British A drink of spirits served in a small measure.
2A short film as opposed to a feature film.
3A short sound such as a short signal in Morse code or a short vowel or syllable.‘her call was two longs and a short’
4A short circuit.
A person who sells short.
- 5.1shortsStock Market Short-dated stocks.
6shortsA mixture of bran and coarse flour.
1Short-circuit or cause to short-circuit.no object ‘the electrical circuit had shorted out’with object ‘if the contact terminals are shorted, the battery quickly overheats’
with object Sell (stocks or other securities or commodities) in advance of acquiring them, with the aim of making a profit when the price falls.‘the rule prevents sellers from shorting a stock unless the last trade resulted in a price increase’
- be caught short
1Be put at a disadvantage.‘he encouraged young people to build up a range of skills so they are not caught short when employment ends suddenly’
- 1.1British informal Urgently need to urinate or defecate.‘those caught short in the store will have to pay £1 to use the toilets’
- 1.1British informal Urgently need to urinate or defecate.
(of a person) stupid or mad.‘he seems to be a few bricks short of a load’
Make someone stop or pause abruptly.‘he was entering the office when he was brought up short by the sight of John’
Have complete control of someone.‘they had you by your short and curlies the minute they got you into that uniform’
1Fail to reach a goal or standard.‘we're so close to getting the job done, but we keep coming up short’
- 1.1South African Get into trouble.‘if you try to trick him you'll come short’
- 1.1South African Get into trouble.
As an abbreviation or nickname.‘the File Transfer Protocol, or FTP for short’
Not have enough of something, especially food.‘you won't go short when I die’
In the near future.‘in the short term some sacrifices may be made’‘they will increase output in the short run’
Over or for a short period of time.‘these ventures are unlikely to yield much return in the short term’
Immediately; rapidly.‘after the killing the camp had been shut down in short order’
To sum up; briefly.‘we hope, in short, to bring theory and practice together in each session’
Almost; little less than.‘he regarded the cost of living as little short of scandalous’
Fail to recognize or state the true value of.‘don't sell yourself short—you've got what it takes’
Accomplish, consume, or destroy quickly.‘we made short work of our huge portions’
Brief but pleasant or relevant.‘his comments were short and sweet’concise, brief, succinct, to the point, compact, terse, curt, summary, economical, crisp, short and sweet, pithy, epigrammatic, laconic, pointed, thumbnail, abridged, abbreviated, condensed, synoptic, compendious, summarized, contracted, curtailed, truncatedView synonyms
Sell stock or other securities or commodities which one does not own at the time, in the hope of buying at a lower price before the delivery time.
An outcome in which one has less advantage than others.
Panting; short-winded.‘they become short of breath on very slight exertion’
1Less than.‘he died at sixty-one, four years short of his pensionable age’
- 1.1Not reaching as far as.‘a rocket failure left a satellite tumbling in an orbit far short of its proper position’
- 1.2Without going so far as (some extreme action)‘short of putting out an all-persons alert, there's little else we can do’
- 1.1Not reaching as far as.
An abbreviation or nickname for.‘I'm Robbie—short for Roberta’
Stop (or cause to stop) suddenly or abruptly.‘she began to speak, but stopped short at the look on the other woman's face’‘I was about to reply with a sarcastic remark when a thought stopped me short’
Not go as far as (some extreme action)‘the measures stopped short of establishing direct trade links’
(of a person) stupid or mad.
The equivalent of; equal to (used for emphasis)‘what they have achieved is nothing short of a miracle’
Have complete control of someone.‘the prosecutor has him by the short hairs’
North American informal