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

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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,, "Portland-area pets for adoption Aug. 15 (photos)," 15 Aug. 2017 Merlin, 4 months, is a male domestic shorthair with a gray and white tuxedo coat and big golden eyes. idahostatesman, "Ada County Pet of the Week: Merlin," 14 Aug. 2017 An animal control officer picked up the black female domestic shorthair. Jillian S. Jarrett, Washington Post, "Prince George’s County Animal Watch," 20 June 2017 An animal control officer picked up the 9-year-old black male domestic shorthair. Jillian S. Jarrett, Washington Post, "Prince George’s County Animal Watch," 20 June 2017 Four-year-old Millie, a large domestic shorthair, lost her home when her owner died. Roxanne Washington,, "Geauga County animals available for adoption: Copper the bell-ringer; Buckeye the goofball (photos)," 30 May 2017 An animal control officer picked up the calico female domestic shorthair. Washington Post, "Prince George’s County Animal Watch," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of shorthair

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shorthair

: a cat that has short, thick fur

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