Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Derogatory A person who is short in stature.
  • noun Informal Something of less than usual size, length, or duration, such as a wetsuit that has short sleeves and legs that end above the knee.
  • adjective Of less than usual size, length, or duration.

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  • noun informal A short person.
  • noun informal A term of endearment for a child, younger sibling, shorter person, etc.
  • noun this sense?) (slang, hip-hop) An attractive young female, especially: a girl who is "down", who is counted among close male friends and sometimes loose sexually; or, one's "girl", one's "boo"; or, a girl that a male does not know but wishes to meet.

Etymologies

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From short +‎ -y.

Examples

  • Then please do us the courtesy of going and watching Megan Fox straddle a motorcycle in shorty shorts again while giant robot topple a city.

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  • A suit with cut-off arms and legs is called a shorty and is good whenever maximum freedom of movement is needed.

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  • A suit with cut-off arms and legs is called a shorty and is good whenever maximum freedom of movement is needed.

    How To Buy & Sell just about Everything

  • A suit with cut-off arms and legs is called a shorty and is good whenever maximum freedom of movement is needed.

    How To Buy & Sell just about Everything

  • She is also the VP of Watermargin and a writer for the Bully Pulpit; this sexy woman - a woman whose interests align with most women everywhere (whether its feminist advocacy or authentic Mexican food) - tells us that she's dedicated to her long-term shorty, Petunia Garcia.

    Stories from The Sun

  • I guess when you start getting facial hair, because I'm still called a shorty and I'm 18.

    Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago

  • Mr. JONES: I'm still called a shorty because I'm 18.

    Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago

  • In a part of the world where people's physical traits are often the basis for nicknames - even unflattering ones like "fatty" or "shorty" - "veinticuatro" "twenty-four" in English is not an insult but rather a term of endearment, and Hernandez, now 37, said his uniqueness has made him a popular guy.

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  • In case you did not come from the inner city like I did and do not understand what those lyrics mean, A shorty is a baby.

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  • In case you did not come from the inner city like I did and do not understand what those lyrics mean, A shorty is a baby.

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