shortchange

verb short·change \ ˈshȯrt-ˈchānj \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of shortchange

transitive verb
1 : to give less than the correct amount of change to
2 : to deprive of or give less than something due : cheat
  • was shortchanged out of a promotion

shortchanger

noun

Examples of shortchange in a Sentence

  1. The cashier shortchanged me. I gave her 10 dollars to pay for an $8.95 book, and she only gave me a dollar back.

  2. The band shortchanged its fans by playing for only 30 minutes.

Recent Examples of shortchange from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shortchange.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shortchange

1903


SHORTCHANGE Defined for English Language Learners

shortchange

verb

Definition of shortchange for English Language Learners

  • : to give (someone) less than the correct amount of change

  • : to give (someone) less than what is expected or deserved



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up shortchange? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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