Definition of short noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɔːrt//
    (informal) see also shorts Types of film
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  1. 1(British English) a small strong alcoholic drink, for example of whisky
  2. 2a short film/movie, especially one that is shown before the main film See related entries: Types of film
  3. 3(informal) = short circuit
  4. Word OriginOld English sceort, of Germanic origin; related to shirt and skirt.Idioms in a few words His novels belong to a great but vanished age. They are, in short, old-fashioned.
    the long and (the) short of it
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    used when you are telling somebody the essential facts about something or what effect it will have, without explaining all the details
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