short-order

[shawrt-awr-der]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or specializing in short orders: a short-order cook; short-order diner.
  2. performed or supplied quickly: They obtained a short-order divorce decree.

Origin of short-order

First recorded in 1900–05

short order

noun
  1. a dish or serving of food that is quickly prepared upon request at a lunch counter.

Origin of short order

First recorded in 1890–95
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  • But short-order meals are not the thing for regular fare, for in time they will ruin any stomach.

    Woodcraft

    E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps


British Dictionary definitions for short-order

short order

noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian
    1. food that is easily and quickly prepared
    2. (as modifier)short-order counter
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Word Origin and History for short-order
adj.

of restaurants, from 1897, from adverbial expression in short order "rapidly, with no fuss," from short (adj.) + order (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with short-order

short order

1

Quickly; see in short order.

2

An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in short-order cook, a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.

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