a shorter or quicker way.
a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.
  1. a link to a software application, file, or website, usually represented as a graphical icon that can be clicked on to quickly access or open it: You can create a desktop shortcut to a web page you've visited.
  2. Also called keyboard shortcut. hotkey.


constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.

Origin of shortcut

First recorded in 1560–70; short + cut



verb (used with object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.

to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.

verb (used without object), short-cut, short-cut·ting.

to use or take a shortcut.

Origin of short-cut

First recorded in 1560–70
Related formsshort-cut·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shortcut

alternative, timesaver

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Word Origin and History for shortcut

also short-cut, "path not as long as the ordinary way," 1610s, from short (adj.) + cut (n.). Figurative use is attested earlier (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper