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short

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 having relatively little height
  • a lot of boys are shorter than the girls in middle school, but they quickly catch up by high school

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2 not lasting for a considerable time
  • fortunately for those of us in the hot sun, the graduation speech was short and to the point

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3 not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need
  • regrettably, the art supplies are short this year, so you'll have to share

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4 having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure
  • short pastry

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5 being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner
  • I didn't mean to be so short with you by responding to your request with a snippy "I'm busy!"

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short

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of short (Entry 2 of 4)

with great suddenness
  • the bicyclist ahead of me unexpectedly pulled up short and I unavoidably plowed into him

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short

verb

Synonyms of short (Entry 3 of 4)

to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • charged that the used-car dealer had been shorting customers for years

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short

noun

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The first known use of short was before the 12th century

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“Short.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/short. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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