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[shawrt-hand] /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).
a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication:
We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
using or able to use shorthand.
written in shorthand.
of or relating to shorthand.
Origin of shorthand
1630-40; short + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for shorthand
  • She also writes all impersonal notes, takes longer letters in shorthand, and writes others herself after being told their purport.
  • Eighteen others were printed from shorthand notes without revision.
  • Those other things you mention are not shorthand for mystery or the unknowable and that is where your argument fails.
  • Imputing intention is merely efficient shorthand for lengthy explanation.
  • Furthermore, these so-called laws are simply shorthand and incomplete.
  • However, it is a hook or buzz that is convenient shorthand for the much more complex concept.
  • In fact, the term is a lazy shorthand for understanding the changes coursing through higher education.
  • Or, she may speak in shorthand, the meaning and constraints of which non-scientists may not fully understand.
  • They had immediate shorthand that probably doesn't exist amongst writers of the other major regions.
  • Mere words, taken out of their customary context, become shorthand for social anxieties.
British Dictionary definitions for shorthand


  1. a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
  2. (as modifier): a shorthand typist
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Word Origin and History for shorthand

method of rapid writing, 1636, from short (adj.) in the "rapid" sense + hand (n.) "handwriting." Short-handed "having too few 'hands' " is from 1794; the ice hockey sense is recorded from 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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