shortcoming

[ shawrt-kuhm-ing ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkʌm ɪŋ /

noun

a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.: a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.

Nearby words

  1. shortage,
  2. shortboard,
  3. shortbread,
  4. shortcake,
  5. shortchange,
  6. shortcrust pastry,
  7. shortcut,
  8. shorten,
  9. shortened form,
  10. shortening

Origin of shortcoming

First recorded in 1670–80; short + coming

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British Dictionary definitions for shortcoming

shortcoming

/ (ˈʃɔːtˌkʌmɪŋ) /

noun

a failing, defect, or deficiency
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Word Origin and History for shortcoming

shortcoming

n.

1670s, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1570s); see short (adj.). Related: Shortcomings.

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