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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shawr-ter]
    • /ˈʃɔr tər/
    • /ʃɔːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shawr-ter]
    • /ˈʃɔr tər/

Definitions of shorter word

  • noun shorter something that is short. 1
  • noun shorter that which is deficient or lacking. 1
  • noun shorter the sum and substance of a matter; gist (usually preceded by the). 1
  • noun shorter shorts. trousers, knee-length or shorter. short pants worn by men as an undergarment. knee breeches, formerly worn by men. Finance. short-term bonds. Mining. crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade. Compare fine1 (def 28a). remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes. 1
  • noun shorter a size of garment for men who are shorter than average: He wears a 42 short. 1
  • noun shorter a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in such a size. 1

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Origin of shorter

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 Shorter


shorter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% 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".

shorter usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shorter

adj shorter

  • less — not at all (used before a verb): He little knows what awaits him.

adjective shorter

  • curtailed — to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
  • diminished — to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
  • edited — to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
  • lessened — to become less.

Antonyms for shorter

adj shorter

  • higher — having a great or considerable extent or reach upward or vertically; lofty; tall: a high wall.

adjective shorter

  • longer — having considerable linear extent in space: a long distance; a long handle.

Top questions with shorter

  • how to get shorter?
  • how to make your period shorter?

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