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shorty

or shortie

[shawr-tee] /ˈʃɔr ti/
noun, plural shorties.
1.
a person of less than average stature (sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive term of address).
2.
a garment designed to be of short length, as a hospital bed jacket.
3.
Also, shawty, shaw-tee, ˈʃɔ ti. Slang.
  1. a girl or woman:
    We watched the shorties on the dance floor, all lookin' so fine.
  2. a girlfriend or sweetheart:
    Me and my shorty went to that new club over on Ninth last night; what a scene!
adjective
4.
noting a garment designed to be of short length:
a shorty nightgown; shorty pajamas.
Origin of shorty
1905-1910
1905-10; short + -y2
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  • Si kept his gun on those in the quagmire, while shorty attended to the others as they came back.

  • shorty, who had just come in from riding, unbuckled his spurs and kicked them under his bed.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • shorty lay down and tried to go to sleep, but the responsibility weighed too heavily on his mind.

  • shorty rushed up and separated the two, giving Harry a sharp shake.

  • There is not room in this brief chronicle to tell the story of shorty Prime's sensations this eventful day.

Word Origin and History for shorty
n.

"short person," 1888, from short (adj.) + -y (3).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shorty

shortstop

verb

  1. To take food being passed to someone else at the table
  2. To wait on another salesperson's customer (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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