DISTANCE › having a small distance from one end to the other: short, brown hair short legs a short skirt
TIME › continuing for a small amount of time: a short visit There's a short break for coffee between classes.
BOOK › A short book or other piece of writing has few pages or words: a short article/story
PERSON › A short person is not as tall as most people: She's short and slim with dark hair.
NOT HAVING ENOUGH › not having enough of something: I'm a bit short of money at the moment. Would you like to play? We're a couple of people short. He seemed a bit short of breath (= having difficulty breathing).
be short for sth › to be a shorter way of saying the same thing: 'Mick' is short for 'Michael'.
be short with sb › to talk to someone quickly in an angry or rude way shortness noun [U]