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Idioms for short

Origin of short

before 900; Middle English schort (adj.), Old English sceort; cognate with Old High German scurz short, Old Norse skortr shortness, scarcity

SYNONYMS 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.
5 terse, succinct, laconic, condensed.
6 curt, sharp, testy.
7 poor, deficient, inadequate, wanting, lacking.
12 crumbly.
14 brachycephalic.

OTHER WORDS FROM short

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

  • 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 shorting

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 shorting

short

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