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View synonyms for short-handed

short-handed

[ shawrt-han-did ]

adjective

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


short-handed

adjective

  1. lacking the usual or necessary number of assistants, workers, etc
  2. sport with less than the full complement of players


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Derived Forms

  • ˌshort-ˈhandedness, noun
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Other Words From

  • short-handed·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of short-handed1

First recorded in 1615–25
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Example Sentences

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

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

You will be short-handed; I cannot spare enough men from the ships on this station to make up a full complement.

It happened that the College in Beirut was short-handed that year, and in need of an additional teacher.

"And she'll be rather short-handed for men," observed Donovan.

They knew well that we were short-handed just now, and thought to take advantage of us; but hah!

Studding-sails are rather ungainly things to handle in a quickly freshening breeze, if one happens to be at all short-handed.

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