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or short·ie

noun, plural short·ies.
  1. a person of less than average stature (sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive term of address).
  2. a garment designed to be of short length, as a hospital bed jacket.
  3. Also shaw·ty [shaw-tee] /ˈʃɔ ti/. Slang.
    1. a girl or woman: We watched the shorties on the dance floor, all lookin' so fine.
    2. a girlfriend or sweetheart: Me and my shorty went to that new club over on Ninth last night; what a scene!
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  1. noting a garment designed to be of short length: a shorty nightgown; shorty pajamas.
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Origin of shorty

First recorded in 1905–10; short + -y2
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  • Shorty was a sort of foreman, and was allowed much freedom of speech.

  • Shorty, who had just come in from riding, unbuckled his spurs and kicked them under his bed.

  • "You do me proud," said Shorty with a grin, but an inward feeling that trouble was impending.

  • Shorty trembled like a captured rabbit when Maria first began her ministrations.

  • While Shorty was rapidly gaining health and strength, his mind was ill at ease.

Word Origin and History for shorty


"short person," 1888, from short (adj.) + -y (3).

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