short of


: other than
especially : of a lesser degree than
had few options short of replacing the motor

Examples of short of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is woefully short of the amount of savings most of us will need to be secure in retirement. Tiffani Potesta, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 That’s far short of the 250,000 chargers that the state has targeted by 2025. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Wind farms in Quebec started doing this in 2011: If the grid is short of power and the AC frequency starts to drop, wind farms can briefly boost their output by as much as 6 percent through a collaboration between the turbines’ solid-state power electronics and their rotors. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2024 Madrid goalkeeper steps up In truth, a depleted Los Blancos looked far short of their fluent best and can thank its third-choice goalkeeper Andriy Lunin for helping win the match. Ben Church, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Khan’s party remains unlikely to be able to form a government because its candidates fell short of an absolute majority and other parties are unlikely to ally with it. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 For the Celtics, Tatum finished just short of a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 Right fielder Kyle Tucker was one home run short of a 30-30 season in 2023. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Manchester United is England’s most successful team in the modern era, but the club where David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo announced themselves on the world stage and won the biggest trophies has fallen short of fans’ lofty expectations for over a decade. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'short of.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of short of was in 1560

Dictionary Entries Near short of

Cite this Entry

“Short of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!