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[shawrt-wey-stid] /ˈʃɔrtˈweɪ stɪd/
of less than average length between the shoulders and waistline; having a high waistline.
Compare long-waisted.
Origin of short-waisted
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for short-waisted
Historical Examples
  • Duck-legged, short-waisted, such a dwarf she is That she must rise on tiptoe for a kiss.

  • The dresses are plain in cut; they are all short-waisted if at all fashionable.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • It was short-waisted, and gave her figure a short, chunky appearance.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Does it strike you that this dress of mine makes me look too short-waisted?

    Her Own Way Clyde Fitch
  • It was an oil painting, a portrait of a young girl in a short-waisted white satin dress, clasping in her hands a red rose.

  • A short-waisted and single-breasted jacket usurped the place of the long-tailed coat, and became universal.

  • He had a short-waisted, thin body and abnormally long, thin legs, like the shadow a man casts at sunup.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • She wore a white satin gown, short-waisted, with a long panel down the front, embroidered with tiny pearls and gold thread.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • This was placed under the bertha of cobweb lace, and demurely in the middle of the short-waisted bodice.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • Her dingy drab jacket was short-waisted, and her red woollen Tam o' Shanter made her look very childish.

    Brenda's Bargain Helen Leah Reed
British Dictionary definitions for short-waisted


unusually short from the shoulders to the waist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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