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short-weighted; short-weighting; short-weights

transitive verb

: to defraud with short weight

short weight

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: weight less than the stated weight or less than one is charged for

Examples of short-weight in a Sentence

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Also in 1993, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection accused the Norwalk store of short-weighting customers on items like chicken, walnuts and tomatoes. Sam Roberts,, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1926, in the meaning defined above


1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of short-weight was in 1789

Dictionary Entries Near short-weight



short weight

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“Short-weight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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