noun short·com·ing \ˈshrt-ˌkə-miŋ, ˌshrt-ˈ\

: a weakness in someone's character : a personal fault or failing

: a bad feature : a flaw or defect in something

Full Definition of SHORTCOMING

:  an imperfection or lack that detracts from the whole; also :  the quality or state of being flawed or lacking


  1. Her lack of attention to detail is her biggest shortcoming.
  2. The main shortcoming of this camera is that it uses up batteries quickly.

First Known Use of SHORTCOMING

15th century
SHORTCOMING Defined for Kids


noun short·com·ing \ˈshrt-ˌkə-miŋ\

Definition of SHORTCOMING for Kids

:  fault 1 <… her most serious shortcoming seemed to be a tendency to fall into daydreams in the middle of a task … — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables>


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