One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A short upper body, with a high waist.
- ‘Some people have short waists, others have small shoulders; maybe you're short, or maybe you're skinny.’
- ‘The converse of this is a short waist - short torso - which means trouser waistbands always seem to end somewhere near your ribs.’
- ‘Instead of hunching - which only emphasizes your short waist and narrow shoulders - choose slim-heeled kicks which mirror your slim legs, dresses gathered to emphasize your waist, and boot-cut or flared pants which balance off your top half.’
- ‘Most of us have some variations such as a short waist, heavy thighs, big stomach, etc.’
- ‘These also work very well for women with short waists.’
- ‘Now plus size swimsuits come in sizes for long torsos, short waists, curvy hips, and full breasts.’
- ‘Because the length draws attention to the mid-section, this style tends to be flattering to women with small and long waists, unflattering to women with short waists, large tummies, or wide hips.’
- ‘For broad shouldered women with short waists and slim hips, Farr advocates streamlined tops that are paired with unique skirts or pants.’
- ‘Long necks, short waists and long legs are preferred in ballet, even though the traditional ballets were all choreographed on much stockier dancers.’
2archaic A woman's dress with a high waist.
- ‘A short walking skirt, short waist, and low-heeled shoes make an excellent combination.’
- ‘Leg-of-mutton sleeves and short waists are dead.’
- ‘Large arm cut-outs and a short waist allow excellent freedom of movement.’
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