not having the usual or necessary number of workers, helpers, etc.

Origin of short-handed

First recorded in 1615–25
Related formsshort-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for short-handed

insufficient, wanting

Examples from the Web for short-handed

Contemporary Examples of short-handed

  • That stuff can sometimes be short-handed to "white," but at the speaker's peril.

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    June 22, 2012

  • And because the immigration inspector rejected Kahtani, United Airlines Flight 93 was short-handed on 9/11.

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    July 24, 2010

Historical Examples of short-handed

British Dictionary definitions for short-handed



lacking the usual or necessary number of assistants, workers, etc
sport, US and Canadian with less than the full complement of players
Derived Formsshort-handedness, noun
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