of less than average length between the shoulders and waistline; having a high waistline.

Compare long-waisted.

Origin of short-waisted

First recorded in 1580–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for short-waisted

Historical Examples of short-waisted

  • Duck-legged, short-waisted, such a dwarf she is That she must rise on tiptoe for a kiss.

  • The dresses are plain in cut; they are all short-waisted if at all fashionable.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop

  • It was short-waisted, and gave her figure a short, chunky appearance.

    By the Light of the Soul

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Does it strike you that this dress of mine makes me look too short-waisted?

    Her Own Way

    Clyde Fitch

  • It was an oil painting, a portrait of a young girl in a short-waisted white satin dress, clasping in her hands a red rose.

British Dictionary definitions for short-waisted



unusually short from the shoulders to the waist
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