short

short ADJECTIVE 1) of a small length or duration. 2) relatively small in extent. 3) (of a person) small in height. 4) (short of/on) not having enough of. 5) in insufficient supply. 6) (of a person) terse; uncivil. 7) (of a ball in sport) travelling only a small distance, or not far enough. 8) (of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a high level of probability. 9) Phonetics (of a vowel) categorized as short with regard to quality and length (e.g. in standard British English the vowel sound in good). 10) (of pastry) containing a high proportion of fat to flour and therefore crumbly.
ADVERB (in sport) at, to, or over a short distance, or not as far as the point aimed at.
NOUN 1) Brit. informal a strong alcoholic drink, especially spirits, served in small measures. 2) a short film as opposed to a feature film. 3) a short circuit.
VERB short-circuit.
be caught short — Cf. ↑be caught short
bring (or pull) up short — Cf. ↑pull up short
for short — Cf. ↑for short
get (or have) by the short and curlies — Cf. ↑have by the short and curlies
go short — Cf. ↑go short
in short — Cf. ↑in short
in the short run (or term) — Cf. ↑in the short term
in short supply — Cf. ↑in short supply
make short work of — Cf. ↑make short work of
short for — Cf. ↑short for
short of — Cf. ↑short of
stop short — Cf. ↑stop short
DERIVATIVES shortish adjective shortness noun.
ORIGIN Old English, related to SHIRT(Cf. ↑shirted), SKIRT(Cf. ↑skirt).

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  • Short — Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear extension; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • short — [shôrt] adj. [ME < OE scort, akin to ON skort, short piece of clothing, OHG scurz, short < IE * (s)kerd < base * (s)ker , to cut, SHEAR < CURT] 1. not extending far from end to end; not long or not long enough 2. not great in span,… …   English World dictionary

  • short — [ ʃɔrt ] n. m. • 1910; angl. shorts, de short « court » ♦ Culotte courte (pour le sport, les vacances). Short de tennis. Être en short. ⇒aussi bermuda, boxer short, flottant. Des shorts. Loc. fam. Tailler un short à qqn, le frôler (en voiture). ● …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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