- 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.
- using or able to use shorthand.
- written in shorthand.
- of or relating to shorthand.
Origin of shorthand
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Examples from the Web for shorthand
She said Wright, whom the girl refers to as the shorthand “J,” also sensed that the heat was on.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
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In doing these interviews and talking about her these past seasons, have you developed a shorthand for describing her personality?How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer
October 20, 2014
That serves as shorthand for Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
Throw in the period setting and “like Mad Men during WWII” shorthand becomes inevitable.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?
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The shorthand for that New York was once “the bad old days.”Weren’t Those the Bad Old Days? The Poison of New York City Nostalgia
January 6, 2014
Closely looked at, all novel-writing is a sort of shorthand.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He could read in my face that I was guilty, and he demanded my shorthand note-book.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
But you don't suppose I took notes in shorthand of what we said to each other, do you?Barrington
Charles James Lever
Instead of going into logarithms, Henry went into shorthand.
The youth was serious, industrious, and trustworthy, and in shorthand incomparable.
- a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
- (as modifier)a shorthand typist
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Word Origin and History for shorthand
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