a small drink of hard liquor or of beer. : I'll have a short and a pack of cigarettes.
having to do with a single drink of undiluted liquor. : I'll take mine short, innkeeper.
a purchase of drugs that counts or weighs out less than the amount agreed upon. : You gave me a short. Fix it now, or this thing goes off accidentally in your ear.
to give someone less of something than was agreed upon. : They shorted us on the last order, so we switched suppliers.
a car. (Streets.) : Man, that's some short you got!
the sale of borrowed shares of stock; a short sale. (Securities markets.) : There is a lot of covering of shorts this week. After that the market is in for a steady decline.
to sell borrowed stock. (Securities markets.) : The way the deficit is running, I'd short the whole market.