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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. 2018.
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  • shorty was a sort of foreman, and was allowed much freedom of speech.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • shorty, who had just come in from riding, unbuckled his spurs and kicked them under his bed.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • "You do me proud," said shorty with a grin, but an inward feeling that trouble was impending.

  • shorty trembled like a captured rabbit when Maria first began her ministrations.

  • While shorty was rapidly gaining health and strength, his mind was ill at ease.

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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