• Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically.
  • Of comparatively small height.
  • Having little duration.
  • Of a word or phrase, constituting an abbreviation (for another) or shortened form (of another).
  • that is relatively close to the batsman.
  • bowled so that it bounces relatively far from the batsman.
  • that falls short of the green or the hole.
  • Of betting odds, offering a small return for the money wagered.
  • Brittle, crumbly, especially due to the use of a large quantity of fat.
  • Abrupt; brief; pointed; petulant.
  • Limited in quantity; inadequate; insufficient; scanty.
  • Insufficiently provided; inadequately supplied, especially with money; scantily furnished; lacking.
  • Deficient; less; not coming up to a measure or standard.
  • Undiluted; neat.
  • Not distant in time; near at hand.
  • Being in a financial investment position that is structured to be profitable if the price of the underlying security declines in the future.
  • Doubtful of, skeptical of.




  • To cause a short circuit in (something).
  • Of an electrical circuit, to short circuit.
  • To shortchange.
  • To provide with a smaller than agreed or labeled amount.
  • 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.
  • To shorten.


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  • From Middle English schort, short, from Old English sċeort, sċort, from Proto-West Germanic *skurt, from Proto-Germanic *skurtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-.
  • Cognate with shirt, skirt, curt, Scots short, schort, French court, German kurz, Old High German scurz (whence Middle High German schurz), Old Norse skorta (whence Danish skorte), Albanian shkurt, Latin curtus, Proto-Slavic *kortъkъ. curt. More at shirt.

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