- a butter cookie commonly made in thick, pie-shaped wheels or rolled and cut in fancy shapes.
Origin of shortbread
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Examples from the Web for shortbread
I find your Christmas present (just arrived) to be a haggis and shortbread!The Letters of Charles Dickens
Who should it be but Uncle Clarke, with a big cake of shortbread in his arms!Our Little Scotch Cousin
There were none for me, but one and a fine Scotch shortbread for the wounded Fife man in the bed next to mine.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
These shortbread things are fussing about hither and thither across the field, and now and then an amœba comes crawling into view.Certain Personal Matters
H. G. Wells
This was right; the dog paid his halfpenny, took his shortbread, and ate it with decorous satisfaction.
- a rich crumbly biscuit made from dough with a large proportion of butter
C19: from short (in the sense: crumbly)
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Word Origin and History for shortbread
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