short on

short on
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shawrt on, awn]
    • /ʃɔrt ɒn, ɔn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shawrt on, awn]
    • /ʃɔrt ɒn, ɔn/

Definitions of short on words

  • adjective short on having little length; not long. 1
  • adjective short on having little height; not tall: a short man. 1
  • adjective short on extending or reaching only a little way: a short path. 1
  • adjective short on brief in duration; not extensive in time: a short wait. 1
  • adjective short on brief or concise, as writing. 1
  • adjective short on rudely brief; abrupt; hurting: short behavior. 1

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Origin of short on

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English schort (adj.), Old English sceort; cognate with Old High German scurz short, Old Norse skortr shortness, scarcity

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Parts of speech for Short on


short on popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

short on usage trend in Literature

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