- of, relating to, or specializing in short orders: a short-order cook; short-order diner.
- performed or supplied quickly: They obtained a short-order divorce decree.
Origin of short-order
- a dish or serving of food that is quickly prepared upon request at a lunch counter.
Origin of short order
Examples from the Web for short-order
Before the war I was a short-order cook in Zabadani, which is a beautiful tourist valley in Reef Damashq, near Lebanon.Former Syrian Soldier Describes Life in the Army at the Start of War
September 4, 2013
Can he keep it up, staying abreast of the culture, serving up opinions like a short-order cook?America's Pop Culture Savant
October 30, 2009
But short-order meals are not the thing for regular fare, for in time they will ruin any stomach.Woodcraft
E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
- mainly US and Canadian
- food that is easily and quickly prepared
- (as modifier)short-order counter
Word Origin and History for short-order
Idioms and Phrases with short-order
Quickly; see in short order.
An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in short-order cook, a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.