Nearby words

  1. shoreward,
  2. shoreweed,
  3. shorewood,
  4. shoring,
  5. shorn,
  6. short account,
  7. short and sweet,
  8. short ballot,
  9. short bill,
  10. short bone

Idioms

Origin of short

before 900; Middle English schort (adj.), Old English sceort; cognate with Old High German scurz short, Old Norse skortr shortness, scarcity

SYNONYMS FOR short
4. Short, brief are opposed to long, and indicate slight extent or duration. Short may imply duration but is also applied to physical distance and certain purely spatial relations: a short journey. Brief refers especially to duration of time: brief intervals. 5. terse, succinct, laconic, condensed. 6. curt, sharp, testy. 7. poor, deficient, inadequate, wanting, lacking. 12. crumbly. 14. brachycephalic.

Related formsshort·ness, nouno·ver·short, adjectiveo·ver·short·ness, nounun·short, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for short of
See also shorts

Derived Formsshortness, noun

Word Origin for short

Old English scort; related to Old Norse skortr a lack, skera to cut, Old High German scurz short

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Word Origin and History for short of
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Idioms and Phrases with short of

short of

1

Having an inadequate supply of, as in We're short of cash right now. [Late 1600s] Also see fall short of.

2

Less than, inferior to, as in Nothing short of her best effort was needed to make the team. [Mid-1500s]

3

Other than, without resorting to, as in Short of yelling, I had no other way of getting his attention.

4

See stop short, def. 3.

short

In addition to the idioms beginning with short

  • short and sweet
  • short end of the stick, the
  • short for
  • short haul
  • short notice, on
  • short of
  • short order
  • short run
  • short shrift, give

also see:

  • by the short hairs
  • caught short
  • cut short
  • fall short
  • for short
  • in brief (short)
  • in short order
  • in short supply
  • in the long (short) run
  • life is too short
  • long and short of it
  • long (short) haul
  • make a long story short
  • make short work of
  • nothing short of
  • run short
  • sell short
  • stop short
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