British Englishold-fashionedto give someone less than the correct amount of something, especially in a shop
technicalSLa short vowel is pronounced quickly without being emphasized, for example the sound of a in 'cat', e in 'bet', and i in 'bit' [≠ long]
He was suffering from shortness of breath.
Shirley was very conscious of her shortness and always wore high heels.
➔ life's too short
at life (27)WORD FOCUS: short WORD FOCUS: short speech/piece of writing:brief, concise, condensed, abridged person:not very tall, little, tiny, petite time/event:brief, quick, momentary, fleeting, ephemeral, transient, passing, short-lived legs/fingers:stumpy, stubby clothes:skimpy
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.