noun Informal.

a person, as a soldier, who has a short period of time left to serve on a tour of duty.

Origin of short-timer

short time + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of short-timer

  • He was a pallid-faced, little dope-fiend of a short-timer who would do anything to obtain the drug.

Word Origin and History for short-timer

"one whose term or enlistment is about to expire," 1906, from short (adj.) + time (n.) + agent noun ending -er (1).

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