[ shawrt-cheynj ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˈtʃeɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), short·changed, short·chang·ing.

to give less than the correct change to.
to deal with unfairly or dishonestly, especially to cheat.

Origin of shortchange

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Related forms

short·chang·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for short-change


verb (tr)

to give less than correct change to
slang to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp by giving less than is deserved or expected

Derived Forms

short-changer, noun
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