/ (ʃɔːts) /

pl n
  1. trousers reaching the top of the thigh or partway to the knee, worn by both sexes for sport, relaxing in summer, etc

  2. mainly US and Canadian men's underpants that usually reach mid-thigh: Usual Brit word: pants

  1. short-dated gilt-edged securities

  2. short-term bonds

  3. securities or commodities that have been sold short

  4. timber cut shorter than standard lengths

  5. a livestock feed containing a large proportion of bran and wheat germ

  6. items needed to make up a deficiency

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How to use shorts in a sentence

  • She had torn open bags of beans, shorts, bran, chop-feed and cotton-seed meal.

  • He stood up straight and lean-muscled, in a pair of duck shorts.

    The Devil's Asteroid | Manly Wade Wellman
  • The greater part of the year in Mesopotamia the regulation army dress consisted of a tunic and "shorts."

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
  • The greater the number of the too longs or the too shorts the greater his complacence in the contemplation of his labours.

    Blue Goose | Frank Lewis Nason
  • I charge each hog $1 for bran and shorts; this is all the ready money I pay out for him.

    The Fat of the Land | John Williams Streeter