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Idioms for short

Origin of short

First recorded before 900; Middle English adjective schort, Old English sceort; cognate with Old High German scurz “short,” Old Norse skortr “shortness, scarcity”

synonym study for short

4. Short, brief are opposed to long, and indicate slight extent or duration. Short may imply duration but is also applied to physical distance and certain purely spatial relations: a short journey. Brief refers especially to duration of time: brief intervals.


short·ness, nouno·ver·short, adjectiveo·ver·short·ness, nounun·short, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for short

  • He seized me with his grapples and shook me until my wiring was in danger of shorting out.

    B-12's Moon Glow|Charles A. Stearns
  • Brion's shots crashed into the control board, shorting and destroying it, removing the menace to Nyjord for all time.

    Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
  • She heard the low sound of the light ashes falling on the hearth, and the shorting breath of a dog.

    Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for short

See also shorts

Derived forms of short

shortness, noun

Word Origin for short

Old English scort; related to Old Norse skortr a lack, skera to cut, Old High German scurz short
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Idioms and Phrases with short


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