short·​hair | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌher How to pronounce shorthair (audio) \

Definition of shorthair

: 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 Each envelope carried a new photo of her cat Peach, a 19-month-old orange shorthair. Clara Longo De Freitas,, 11 July 2021 A couple weeks ago, a skittish shorthair that roams our neighborhood got a nasty lesion on his face; my girlfriend and I notified the woman, who promptly showed up with a humane trap rigged with sardines. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Reagan, the German shorthair, is opening his legs now, moving fast, while Clooney, the setter, works closer to Loral I, his body twisting one way, then another, following his nose. Star Tribune, 3 Dec. 2020 Novice trainers need easy-handling dogs, like Labs or German shorthair pointers. Tony J. Peterson, Outdoor Life, 24 Sep. 2020 Thor, a 4-year-old shorthair Chihuahua, and his sister, Wanda, a 1-year-old Shih Tzu, were brought to AHS after an Emergency Animal Medical Technician picked them up, seemingly in good health. The Arizona Republic, 25 Sep. 2020 Luckily for this beautiful 7-month-old shorthair rabbit, all Kalani needed in terms of medical care was treatment for ear mites and to spend some time in an AHS Foster Hero home to gain weight prior to receiving her spay surgery. The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2020 My new German shorthair puppy came from Top Gun Kennels in Central City, Iowa. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2020 Zack, also a shorthair, is 12 years old and weighs more than 30 pounds. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shorthair

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shorthair was in 1903

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“Shorthair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shorthair

: a cat that has short, thick fur


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