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[shawrt-hand] /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
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
First recorded in 1630-40; short + hand Unabridged
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  • He was very pious, a great attender of sermons of the best preachers, which he took down in his shorthand.

  • He had learnt unaided two systems of shorthand: one English and one French.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • I went to the business-college and learned book-keeping, and afterward I learned typewriting and shorthand.

  • He said to tell you the exact words, so I took it down in shorthand, so I could.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • When one carves an explanation in hard granite it is apt to be done in shorthand, as it were.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
British Dictionary definitions for shorthand


  1. a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
  2. (as modifier): a shorthand typist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shorthand

method of rapid writing, 1636, from short (adj.) in the "rapid" sense + hand (n.) "handwriting." Short-handed "having too few 'hands' " is from 1794; the ice hockey sense is recorded from 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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