Meaning of “shorts” in the English Dictionary

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"shorts" in British English

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shortsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ʃɔːts/ us /ʃɔːrts/

A2 trousers that end above the knee or reach the knee, often worn in hot weather or when playing a sport:

tennis shorts
She put on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.

US men's underpants

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  • He was wearing some old shorts and a grubby T-shirt.
  • Was that Peter who just jogged past in those bright pink shorts?
  • I must look like the typical tourist with my shorts and my camera.
  • The cyclists were all dressed in tight lycra shorts and the official team vest.
  • I'll look a right wally in these shorts!

(Definition of “shorts” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shorts" in American English

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shortsplural noun

us /ʃɔrts/

pants that end above the knee or reach to the knee, or men’s underwear worn below the waist:

He put on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.
The doctor told him to strip to his shorts.

(Definition of “shorts” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shorts" in Business English

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shortsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ʃɔːts/ us FINANCE, STOCK MARKET

government bonds that are paid back in a short time, usually less than two years

shares that someone has borrowed and sold, but does not own:

Currently he has no Nasdaq 100 shorts
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(Definition of “shorts” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)