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 That point was the first of the season’s three meetings against the Philadelphia 76ers, when Embiid went for 45 points and 16 rebounds on Jan. 12 against a shorthanded Heat roster. Ira Winderman,, 15 May 2021 Along with Rudy Gobert’s +36, the pair led the Jazz to a win in a must-win game, albeit against a shorthanded Kings team. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2021 Nedeljkovic stopped Sam Bennett’s shorthanded breakaway bid and Nikita Gusev’s 3-on-2 tip, but Bennett redeemed himself by forcing a turnover that Weegar rocketed in with 25 seconds left in the frame. Bill Whitehead,, 24 Apr. 2021 One lesson from Saturday night was that even bad, shorthanded teams have good players. Ira Winderman,, 1 May 2021 San Jose's second goal was a shorthanded breakaway in the third. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 The Six squandered a chance to rally as Emily Fluke’s shorthanded breakaway was blocked by Lovisa Selander at 19:03., 26 Mar. 2021 The shorthanded and weary Spurs (22-17) were in position to pull off the upset before faltering down the stretch. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2021 Donaldson was available at Virginia Tech, the last time the Hurricanes played before a two-week pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team, but only if a starter on UM’s shorthanded offensive line was injured. David Furones,, 1 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shorthanded.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shorthanded

1794, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About shorthanded

Time Traveler for shorthanded

Time Traveler

The first known use of shorthanded was in 1794

See more words from the same year

Statistics for shorthanded

Last Updated

23 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shorthanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shorthanded



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


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!