- a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).
- a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
- using or able to use shorthand.
- written in shorthand.
- of or relating to shorthand.
Origin of shorthand
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Examples from the Web for short-hand
This is referred to by people today who recognize the existential danger by the short-hand acronym of ‘TBDO’—‘The Big Die Off.’Wingnuts Excerpt—The Hatriots: Armed and Dangerous
March 30, 2010
Mrs. Fortescue says, 'that he is a complete master of short-hand writing.'Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She was taking lessons in short-hand and type-writing in the afternoons.
Lady Agatha dictated it, and Mary took it down in short-hand.
In the short-hand of the police-courts, you had better call it suicide.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
I must have a stenographer of course, a short-hand typist, if I do begin this thing.Man and Maid
- a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
- (as modifier)a shorthand typist
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Word Origin and History for short-hand
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