[ shawrt-hand ]
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  1. a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).

  2. a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.

  1. using or able to use shorthand.

  2. written in shorthand.

  1. of or relating to shorthand.

Origin of shorthand

First recorded in 1630–40; short + hand

Words Nearby shorthand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shorthand in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shorthand


/ (ˈʃɔːtˌhænd) /

    • 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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