short trousers ending at or above the knees: ➔ Bermuda shorts, cycling shorts
a pair of shorts
tourists in shorts and T-shirts
used when you want to give the main point of something:
Carter hoped for greater trust between the two nations, more trade, more cultural exchanges - in short, a genuine peace.
used as a shorter way of saying a name:
His name's Maximilian, but we just call him Max for short.
4 [countable] informalAMF
a short film shown in the cinema
5 [countable] British English informalDFD
a strong alcoholic drink that is not beer or wine, drunk in a small glass [= shot American English]
Do you fancy a short?
6 [countable] informalTEE
a short circuit:
a short in the system