short·​hair ˈshȯrt-ˌher How to pronounce shorthair (audio)
: a domestic cat with a short thick coat
especially : a member of any of several breeds of muscular medium- to large-sized cats with a short plush coat

Examples of shorthair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video, shot from the perspective of the bus driver, starts when a black and white German shorthair pointer mix named Jake hops on, meets Thompson, greets a few canine friends and finds his seat before his harness is secured. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Jan. 2023 As caretakers of more than 17,000 sick, injured and abused pets last year alone, giving pets like this 3-year-old shorthair rabbit a second chance at a good life is what the Arizona Humane Society’s work is all about. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 Kisa is an 11-year-old shorthair Colorpoint kitty who has a longstanding history with the Arizona Humane Society. The Arizona Republic, 22 Oct. 2022 The handsome 2-year-old shorthair rabbit was unfortunately rescued from an ugly situation, however as he was found abandoned in a crate in an alley. The Arizona Republic, 22 Oct. 2022 During their hunt, Skenes and the boys only had to load their shotguns and follow a guide with a pair of dogs—a German shorthair to find the birds and a black Labrador to flush them. Daniel Duane, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2021 Wilma is fun and sassy 3-year-old brown shorthair tabby who came to the Arizona Humane Society in March after she was abandoned in an apartment. The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 Cat people, rejoice: Your feline predilections have been greenlighted in the highest halls of power, as the Biden White House announced on Friday that the first family had welcomed a shorthair tabby named Willow into their fold. Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 Jan. 2022 That’s because all cats—longhair, shorthair, no hair—shed a pernicious little protein called Fel d 1, found in the saliva and oil glands, which causes most cat allergies. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 5 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shorthair was in 1903

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“Shorthair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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