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or shortie

[shawr-tee] /ˈʃɔr ti/
noun, plural shorties.
a person of less than average stature (sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive term of address).
a garment designed to be of short length, as a hospital bed jacket.
Also, shawty, NEW2016/shawty_000 shaw-tee, ˈʃɔ ti. Slang.
  1. a girl or woman:
    We watched the shorties on the dance floor, all lookin' so fine.
  2. a girlfriend or sweetheart:
    Me and my shorty went to that new club over on Ninth last night; what a scene!
noting a garment designed to be of short length:
a shorty nightgown; shorty pajamas.
Origin of shorty
First recorded in 1905-10; short + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Si kept his gun on those in the quagmire, while shorty attended to the others as they came back.

  • "Paste him with a bullet and settle him," said shorty testily, for he wanted to go on with his letter.

  • shorty lay down and tried to go to sleep, but the responsibility weighed too heavily on his mind.

  • "O, I'm guilty—guilty o' the whole lot," said shorty dejectedly.

  • There is not room in this brief chronicle to tell the story of shorty Prime's sensations this eventful day.

Word Origin and History for shorty

"short person," 1888, from short (adj.) + -y (3).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shorty



A very short person; dusty butt (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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