Definition of shorty in US English:

shorty

(also shortie)

nounPlural shorties

informal
  • 1A person who is shorter than average (often used as a nickname).

    • ‘She was at least a head shorter than me, but she makes a good shortie.’
    • ‘Yes, I know we shorties can sometimes be rather annoying.’
    • ‘But as a fellow shorty, the Celtic manager is hardly going to judge this as an insurmountable disadvantage.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, wee Walter then tried to back up his arguments by citing a number of other shorties who were a hit with the ladies.’
    • ‘‘Watch where you're going, shorty,’ he snapped at her.’
    • ‘I'm still a shortie compared to Paul, but how can I compete with someone who's almost six feet tall?’
    • ‘We saddled up, although simply getting on the horse was a trial for a shorty like me.’
    • ‘Need I remind you the countless hours you spent crying because no one wanted to be friends with the shorty?’
    • ‘‘Shut up, shorty,’ another boy said, stepping up.’
    • ‘And the fact that the legionaries of the ancient Roman empire were real shorties suggests that average national height is a very minor factor (if it is a factor at all) in national achievement and felicity.’
    • ‘It's going into the kitchen so we can finally move our microwave into a place it can be reached by shorties like me.’
    • ‘Not all the shorties want to be jockeys and coxes!’
    • ‘So, shorty, how many boyfriends have you had?’
    1. 1.1often as modifier A short garment, especially a short dress or nightgown.
      ‘she pulled on a shorty nightshirt’
      • ‘He was also wearing a tight white tank top and shorty shorts.’
      • ‘Last night the singer was wearing a shorty one-piece and when I found out her name was Lorelei I fell to my knees and wept.’
      • ‘Titania first appears in a blue silk ball gown, but when retiring she discards the gown to reveal a shortie slip nightdress.’
      • ‘It was suggested that Tom use only his shortie wetsuit and adjust his attitude in the water using weights in the BC pocket and on a chest strap.’
      • ‘Also, Jesse dances in a pair of shorty shorts and little else on his bed.’
      • ‘In 1960, he was an early dandy, wearing ‘a shortie overcoat, narrow trousers, and a silk tie with horizontal bars across it’.’
      • ‘Leaving the border in the car, Jefferson couldn't wait to blurt out the whole sordid story, which made my Uncle drive faster and my Aunt remind us all that she warned me not to wear that shorty top.’
      • ‘The other sister is in a tight-fitting, low-cut black dress under a square-cut shorty jacket with elbow-length sleeves.’
      • ‘Many northern Red Sea dive-guides use drysuits at this time of year, but this doesn't stop British sales assistants selling lightweight shortie wetsuits to those about to visit Egypt in spring.’
      • ‘At the end of the winter (late April) perhaps it had cooled a little, but a shortie wetsuit was only just adequate.’
      • ‘Katkandu motors through a gap in the barrier reef between South Water Caye and Carrie Bow Caye as we pull on shortie wetsuits, weight belts, tanks, fins.’
      • ‘Ever since that low point in the mid-1990s, when Cherie was photographed on her doorstep wearing a shortie dressing gown, she has been a dedicated follower of the Bharti method.’
      • ‘So last night I totally wore the new shorty pyjamas to bed.’
      • ‘I've seen Januarys so warm we had to dig out shorty pajamas.’
  • 2US A person's girlfriend or female friend (often as a form of address)

    ‘chillin' with some of my shorties’
    ‘I gotta go to my shorty's house’
    ‘would you wait for me, shawty?’
    as name ‘shorty can rap, judging from the rest of the tracks’
    • ‘plus I would have hollared at that shorty in the front with the lbd on.’
    • ‘Regardless of how much I cannot stand that fraud, he could literally sweep up your shorty in front of you and drive off with you left crying in the rear-view wondering how.’
    • ‘I came with a shorty and we split a large bowl with 3 additional toppings and 1 drink.’
    • ‘Do NOT wash down your shorty's meal with two beers.’
    • ‘You haven't seen his shorty kiss him or even hold his hand.’
    • ‘I had this dude in a suit that kept constantly bothering me and my shorty while we were trying to have a convo.’
    • ‘He found that he was not the father to his shorty's baby.’
    • ‘Me and my shorty celebrated the game right last night.’
    • ‘As the world goes round, so does he in his new video with a busty shorty.’

Pronunciation

shorty

/ˈSHôrdē//ˈʃɔrdi/