shorthand

[ shawrt-hand ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌhænd /

noun

a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).
a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.

adjective

using or able to use shorthand.
written in shorthand.
of or relating to shorthand.

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Origin of shorthand

First recorded in 1630–40; short + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for shorthand

shorthand
/ (ˈʃɔːtˌhænd) /

noun

  1. a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
  2. (as modifier)a shorthand typist
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