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[shawrt-wey-stid] /ˈʃɔrtˈweɪ stɪd/
of less than average length between the shoulders and waistline; having a high waistline.
Compare long-waisted.
Origin of short-waisted
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for short-waisted
Historical Examples
  • She wore a white satin gown, short-waisted, with a long panel down the front, embroidered with tiny pearls and gold thread.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • Duck-legged, short-waisted, such a dwarf she is That she must rise on tiptoe for a kiss.

  • It would spoil all Luellas good time to have me around, Im so short-waisted.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
  • The dresses are plain in cut; they are all short-waisted if at all fashionable.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Her dress was of green material, and was cut so short-waisted as to reach nearly under her arms, where it was clasped in a girdle.

    A Tale of Two Tunnels William Clark Russell
  • Does it strike you that this dress of mine makes me look too short-waisted?

    Her Own Way Clyde Fitch
  • Long rafters and short posts gave them a quaint, short-waisted, grandmotherly look.

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • It was an oil painting, a portrait of a young girl in a short-waisted white satin dress, clasping in her hands a red rose.

  • Prudences short-sleeved, short-waisted frock and Williams ruffled shirt were both cut from the same cloth.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • He had a short-waisted, thin body and abnormally long, thin legs, like the shadow a man casts at sunup.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for short-waisted


unusually short from the shoulders to the waist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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