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short adverb
1. without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
  • "he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash"
2. clean across
  • "the car's axle snapped short"
3. at some point or distance before a goal is reached
  • "he fell short of our expectations"
4. so as to interrupt
  • "She took him up short before he could continue"
5. at a disadvantage
Related: unawares
  • "I was caught short"
short adjective
1. primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
Antonyms: long
  • "a short life"
  • "a short flight"
  • "a short holiday"
  • "a short story"
  • "only a few short months"
2. (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
Antonyms: long
  • "short skirts"
  • "short hair"
  • "the board was a foot short"
  • "a short toss"
3. (low) low in stature; not tall
Related: little
Antonyms: tall
  • "he was short and stocky"
  • "short in stature"
  • "a short smokestack"
  • "a little man"
4. not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
Antonyms: long
  • "a short sale"
  • "short in cotton"
5. of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
Antonyms: long
  • "the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short"
6. lacking foresight or scope
Related: shortsighted, unforesightful, myopic
  • "a short view of the problem"
  • "shortsighted policies"
  • "shortsighted critics derided the plan"
  • "myopic thinking"
7. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
  • "shortbread is a short crumbly cookie"
  • "a short flaky pie crust"
short noun
1. (tract) the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed
light adjective
1. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
Related: scant, short
  • "a light pound"
  • "a scant cup of sugar"
  • "regularly gives short weight"
inadequate adjective
1. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
Related: poor, short, jejune
  • "an inadequate income"
  • "a poor salary"
  • "money is short"
  • "on short rations"
  • "food is in short supply"
  • "short on experience"
  • "the jejune diets of the very poor"
abruptly adverb
1. quickly and without warning
Related: suddenly, short, dead
  • "he stopped suddenly"
curtly adverb
1. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
Related: short, shortly
  • "he told me curtly to get on with it"
  • "he talked short with everyone"
  • "he said shortly that he didn't like it"
short-change verb
1. (victimize) cheat someone by not returning him enough money
Related: short
short-circuit verb
1. (make) create a short circuit in
Related: short
unretentive adjective
1. (unmindful) (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
Related: forgetful, short
Antonyms: retentive
  • "a short memory"
brusque adjective
1. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
Related: brusk, curt, short
  • "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"
  • "a curt reply"
  • "the salesgirl was very short with him"
short_circuit noun
1. (contact) accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
Related: short
shortstop noun
1. (position) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
Related: short
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