|chiefly (US), (Canadian)|
|a. food that is easily and quickly prepared|
|b. (as modifier): short-order counter|
Quickly; see in short order.
An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in , a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.