shorthair

noun
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 My new German shorthair puppy came from Top Gun Kennels in Central City, Iowa. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "How to Choose Your First Bird-Dog Puppy," 23 Mar. 2020 Zack, also a shorthair, is 12 years old and weighs more than 30 pounds. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Eyeless kittens, 30-pound cat up for adoption in Michigan," 31 Dec. 2019 A few days ago, Zack, the chunky, shorthair cat was lonely and without a home. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Zack, the 30-pound cat, adopted from Michigan Humane Society," 3 Jan. 2020 Quilty the cat became a national story in November when the seven-year-old shorthair began springing other cats from their rooms at Houston's Friend For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians who went viral in 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 All three breeds were among the teams at the Madison training session, along with Dutch shepherds, German shorthairs and Vizslas. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canine teams from the Midwest are training in Wisconsin this week. Here are 9 things to know about explosive-sniffing K-9s," 24 Oct. 2018 Fenway, an all black shorthair, was overweight, slow-moving and keen on sleeping 23 hours a day. Unless food was involved. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Saying goodbye to a food-loving friend, Fenway the cat," 4 Nov. 2017 Finally, my nine-year-old domestic shorthair, Wasabi, sometimes covers my mouth with his paw (though not as insistently as this kitty). Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Does Your Dog Know You’re Pregnant?," 19 Aug. 2017 Lou is a handsome four-year-old shorthair tuxedo who loves affection from people. Susan Green, OregonLive.com, "Portland-area pets for adoption Aug. 15 (photos)," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shorthair

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Shorthair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shorthair. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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shorthair

noun
How to pronounce shorthair (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shorthair

: a cat that has short, thick fur

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