short·​hand·​ed ˌshȯrt-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce shorthanded (audio)
: 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 Overall, Reinhart has played 16th-most minutes shorthanded among forwards. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 The question now – are the shorthanded Huskies, led by Paige Bueckers, enough to stop Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes? Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 The long, tiring hours contributed to human error or missteps, according to another former employee, who said that some men were working 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week, and that the crews were often shorthanded. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 Malone’s focus after the win was on crediting the shorthanded 76ers for giving the full-strength Nuggets such a competitive nail-biter, with Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris also out. Bennett Durando, The Denver Post, 28 Jan. 2024 His five shorthanded goals are one shy of matching the franchise record of six set by Tom Fitzgerald in the 1995-96 season. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Each of Reinhart’s past 15 goals have come on special teams (12 on the power play, three shorthanded). Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 2 Mar. 2024 Toss in his four shorthanded points, and Colorado is 14-3 when Cogliano ends up on the scoresheet. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 28 Feb. 2024 The Kings have lost a number of games this season due to their maddening tendency to play down to the level of competition against shorthanded opponents. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shorthanded was in 1794

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“Shorthanded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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short·​hand·​ed -ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce shorthanded (audio)
: having or working with fewer than the usual number of people
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