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short

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of short

  1. 1 having relatively little height <a lot of boys are shorter than the girls in middle school, but they quickly catch up by high school> Synonyms little, low, low-lying, low-slung, sawed-off Related Words dwarf, dwarfish; compact, petite, slight; diminutive, half-pint, pint-size (or pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size (also pocket-sized), pygmy, small, smallish; bantam, bitty, dinky, mini, miniature, minimized, minute, puny, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersized (also undersize), wee; dumpy, flat, scrubby, squat, squatty, stubby, stumpy, stunted Near Antonyms elevated, lifted, raised, uplifted, upswept; high-rise, statuesque; gangling, gangly, lanky, rangy; big, bulky, hefty, hulking, large, largish, outsize (also outsized), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), voluminous Antonyms altitudinous, high, lofty, tall, towering

  2. 2 not lasting for a considerable time <fortunately for those of us in the hot sun, the graduation speech was short and to the point> Synonyms brief, fast, little Related Words shortish; abbreviated, abridged, curtailed, cut-back, shortened, syncopated; compact, condensed; abrupt, sudden; ephemeral, fleeting, momentary, short-lived, transient, transitory; impermanent; compendious, concise, crisp, epigrammatic, laconic, pithy, succinct, summary, terse; short-range, short-term Near Antonyms endless, everlasting, interminable, persistent, unending; longish, overlong, prolonged, protracted; permanent; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; long-range, long-term Antonyms extended, far, great, lengthy, long, long-drawn-out (or long-drawn), long-lived

  3. 3 not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need <regrettably, the art supplies are short this year, so you'll have to share> Synonyms deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, low, scarce, shy, wanting Related Words substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory; hand-to-mouth, lean, light, meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; bare, mere, minimum; slight, small Near Antonyms abundant, ample, bounteous, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful, plentitudinous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; abounding, overflowing, teeming; satisfactory, tolerable; lavish, luxuriant, rich; big, considerable, hefty, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, super Antonyms adequate, enough, sufficient

  4. 4 having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure <short pastry> Synonyms brickle [dialect], brittle, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky (also flakey), friable, crispRelated Words crackly, crisped, crispened, crunchy, crusty; breakable, delicate, fragileNear Antonyms elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant, resilient; strong, sturdy, tough

  5. 5 being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner <I didn't mean to be so short with you by responding to your request with a snippy “I'm busy!”> Synonyms abrupt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, blunt, short-spoken, snippy, unceremoniousRelated Words gruff, rough, snappish; candid, direct, forthright, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, straightforward, straight-out; artless, discourteous, disrespectful, impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, insensitive, rude, tactless, undiplomatic; brief, closemouthed, laconic, reserved, reticent, terse, tight-lipped; earnest, honest, sincere; coarse, crass, crude, low, uncouth, vulgarNear Antonyms civil, considerate, courteous, diplomatic, gracious, polite, politic, smooth, suave, tactful; loquacious, talkative, voluble; long-winded, prolix, verbose; courtly, cultivated, gallant, genteel, polished, refinedAntonyms circuitous, mealymouthed




short

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of short

  1. with great suddenness <the bicyclist ahead of me unexpectedly pulled up short and I unavoidably plowed into him> Synonyms abruptly, suddenly Related Words surprisingly, unexpectedly; directly, immediately, incontinently, instantaneously, instantly, promptly, pronto, right, right away, right off, straightaway; fast, full-tilt, posthaste, quick, quickly, rapidly, readily, snappily, speedily, swift, swiftly; hastily, impetuously, impulsively, rashly, recklessly Phrases all of a sudden (also on a sudden) Near Antonyms gradually, slowly; hesitantly




short

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of short

  1. to rob by the use of trickery or threats <charged that the used-car dealer had been shorting customers for years> Synonyms beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, fleece, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimizeRelated Words extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk




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