Translation of "short" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /ʃɔːt/ us /ʃɔrt/

A1 having a small distance from one end to the other

short, brown hair
short legs
→ Opposite long adj

A1 continuing for a small amount of time

a short visit
→ Opposite long adj

A1 A short person is not as tall as most people.

bajo → Opposite tall

A2 A short book or other piece of writing has not many pages or words.

It’s a very short book – you’ll read it in an hour.

B1 not having enough of something

I’m a bit short of money at the moment.
be short for…

used to refer to a shorter form of a name or word

ser el diminutivo o la forma abreviada de…
Her name’s Jo – it’s short for Josephine.
adverb uk /ʃɔːt/ us /ʃɔrt/
cut something short

to have to stop doing something before it is finished

interrumpir algo
She had to cut her speech short when the fire alarm went off.

(Translation of “short” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


adjective /ʃoːt/

not long

You look nice with your hair short
Do you think my dress is too short?

not tall; smaller than usual

a short man.

not lasting long; brief

breve, corto
a short film
in a very short time
I’ve a very short memory for details.

not as much as it should be

de menos
When I checked my change, I found it was 20 cents short.

(with of) not having enough (money etc)

corto de
Most of us are short of money these days.

(of pastry) made so that it is crisp and crumbles easily.

shortness noun

shortness of breath.
shortage /-tidʒ/ noun

a lack; the state of not having enough

falta, escasez
a shortage of water.
shorten verb

to make or become shorter

acortar, reducir
The dress is too long – we’ll have to shorten it.
shortening noun

the fat used for making pastry.

manteca, grasa
shortly adverb


dentro de poco, en breve
He will be here shortly
Shortly after that, the police arrived.
shorts noun plural

short trousers for men or women

pantalones cortos
a pair of shorts.
shortbread noun

a kind of crisp, crumbling biscuit.

galleta hecha de mantequilla
short-change verb

to cheat (a buyer) by giving him too little change

dar mal el cambio, dar de menos en el cambio
I think the shopkeeper short-changed me.
short circuit noun

the missing out by an electric current of a part of an electrical circuit.

shortcoming noun

a fault

You’ll have to forgive his shortcomings.
shortcut noun

a quicker way between two places

I was in a hurry so I took a shortcut across the field.
shorthand noun

a method of writing rapidly, using strokes, dots etc to represent sounds

She took down the minutes of the meeting in shorthand.
short-handed adjective

having fewer workers than are necessary or usual.

falta de mano de obra
short-list noun

a list of candidates selected from the total number of applicants for a job etc.

lista de preseleccionados
Did she make the shortlist for the PA job?
short-lived /-ˈlivd, (American) -ˈlaivd/ adjective

living or lasting only for a short time

short-lived insects
short-lived enthusiasm.
short-range adjective

not reaching a long distance

de corto alcance
short-range missiles.

not covering a long time

a corto plazo
a short-range weather forecast.
short-sighted adjective

seeing clearly only things that are near

miope, corto de vista
I don’t recognize people at a distance because I’m short-sighted.
short-sightedly adverb

con miopía
short-sightedness noun

short story noun (plural short stories)

a short written story about imaginary characters and events.

Relato Corto
short-tempered adjective

easily made angry

de genio vivo
My husband is very short-tempered in the mornings.
short-term adjective

concerned only with the near future

a corto plazo
short-term plans.

lasting only a short time

a corto plazo
a short-term loan.
by a short head

by a very small amount

por poco
His horse won by a short head.
for short

as an abbreviation

para abreviar
His name is Victor, but we call him Vic for short.
go short

to cause oneself not to have enough of something

Save this carton for tomorrow, or else we’ll go short (of milk).
in short

in a few words

en pocas palabras
In short, we desperately need to increase sales.
in short supply

not available in sufficient quantity

escasez de
Fresh vegetables are in short supply.
make short work of

to dispose of very quickly

The children made short work of the ice-cream.
run short

(of a supply) to become insufficient

Our money is running short.

(with of) not to have enough

We’re running short of money.
short and sweet

claro, directo
His reply was short and sweet: ’Get out!’ he shouted.
short for

an abbreviation of

abreviación de
’Phone’ is short for ’telephone
What is ’Ltd.’ short for?
short of

not as far as or as much as

Our total came to just short of $1,000
We stopped five miles short of London.

(Translation of “short” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)