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Meaning of “short” - Learner’s Dictionary

short

adjective     /ʃɔːt/
DISTANCE A1 having a small distance from one end to the other: short, brown hair short legs a short skirtLow, short and shallow
TIME A1 continuing for a small amount of time: a short visit There's a short break for coffee between classes.Short in timeTemporary
BOOK A2 A short book or other piece of writing has few pages or words: a short article/storyLow, short and shallowKinds of books
PERSON A1 A short person is not as tall as most people: She's short and slim with dark hair.Low, short and shallow
NOT HAVING ENOUGH B1 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).Poverty and poorScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
be short for sth B2 to be a shorter way of saying the same thing: 'Mick' is short for 'Michael'.Terminology and vocabulary
be short with sb to talk to someone quickly in an angry or rude wayTalking angrily
shortness noun [U] →  See also in the long/short run
(Definition of short adjective from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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