[ shawrt-han-did ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˈhæn dɪd /


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


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Origin of short-handed

First recorded in 1615–25

OTHER WORDS FROM short-handed

short-hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 forms of short-handed

short-handedness, noun
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