Definition of short weight in US English:

short weight


  • Weight that is less than that declared.

    ‘unscrupulous retailers give short weight by including an excessive amount of packaging’
    • ‘It is illegal to give short weight or measure.’
    • ‘It is unacceptable for any trader to give short weight or measure to consumers.’
    • ‘He once wrote a story about a well-known supermarket, which he accused of selling dirty vegetable and giving short weight.’
    • ‘Scores of contract chicken farmers associated with the giant Supermix Group of Companies are crowing with anger at the company's failure to deal with a problem of short weight in the bags of feed they allocate to the farmers.’