short·​hand·​ed | \ ˌshȯrt-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce shorthanded (audio) \

Definition of shorthanded

: having, working with, or done with fewer than the regular or necessary number of people

Examples of shorthanded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shorthanded Arizona Wildcats shot just 28.1% from the field en route to a 57-48 loss to USC on Thursday at the Galen Center. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Shorthanded Arizona Wildcats lose to USC at Galen Center," 27 Feb. 2020 An ineffective set of passing sequences turned into shorthanded opportunities that threatened but didn’t translate into any goals against. Peter Koutroumpis / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Wild win streak ends in 6-2 loss to Hurricanes," 7 Dec. 2019 That included a team-high three shorthanded tallies. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "J.T. Compher signs $14 million extension with Avalanche: “I love the team. I love the organization — and the fact they were willing to give me four years”," 17 July 2019 But on Tuesday night, under tough circumstances, the 13th-year delivered for the shorthanded Spurs, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes. Tom Orsborn,, "Spurs rookie Keldon Johnson’s fearless approach earns praise," 11 Mar. 2020 However, Stills was able to finish the game for a shorthanded receiving corps that lost wide receiver Will Fuller to a groin injury. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil upbeat about health," 21 Dec. 2019 With a shorthanded Suns squad, this is a certain win for the Lakers. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers odds, picks and best bets," 10 Feb. 2020 Damian Lillard finished with another 40-point performance on Friday night but the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Utah Jazz, 117-114, in Salt Lake City. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard scores 42, but missed call mars ending of Portland Trail Blazers loss to Utah Jazz," 7 Feb. 2020 Brad Marchand provided a highlight-reel shorthanded goal in the second period, tying the score at 1, but the Bruins gave up two strikes to Sean Monahan in 72 seconds. Matt Porter,, "Bruins’ effort against Flames ‘clearly not good enough’," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shorthanded

1794, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2020

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“Shorthanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shorthanded

: having fewer than the usual number of people available
ice hockey : made when a team member is off the ice for a penalty

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