shortage

[ shawr-tij ]
/ ˈʃɔr tɪdʒ /

noun

a deficiency in quantity: a shortage of cash.
the amount of such deficiency.

Nearby words

  1. short-termism,
  2. short-timer,
  3. short-waisted,
  4. short-wave,
  5. short-winded,
  6. shortboard,
  7. shortbread,
  8. shortcake,
  9. shortchange,
  10. shortcoming

Origin of shortage

First recorded in 1865–70; short + -age

Related formspre·short·age, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for shortage

shortage

/ (ˈʃɔːtɪdʒ) /

noun

a deficiency or lack in the amount needed, expected, or due; deficit
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Word Origin and History for shortage

shortage

n.

1862, American English, from short + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for shortage

shortage

A condition that exists when demand exceeds supply because of a lack of equilibrium in a market. If a price is artificially low, buyers want to buy more of a good than sellers are willing to sell. (Compare surplus.)

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