Definition of shorty in US English:

shorty

(also shortie)

nounPlural shorties

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

    • ‘We saddled up, although simply getting on the horse was a trial for a shorty like me.’
    • ‘Not all the shorties want to be jockeys and coxes!’
    • ‘But as a fellow shorty, the Celtic manager is hardly going to judge this as an insurmountable disadvantage.’
    • ‘So, shorty, how many boyfriends have you had?’
    • ‘I'm still a shortie compared to Paul, but how can I compete with someone who's almost six feet tall?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Watch where you're going, shorty,’ he snapped at her.’
    • ‘It's going into the kitchen so we can finally move our microwave into a place it can be reached by shorties like me.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1often as modifier A short garment, especially a short dress or nightgown.
      ‘she pulled on a shorty nightshirt’
      • ‘In 1960, he was an early dandy, wearing ‘a shortie overcoat, narrow trousers, and a silk tie with horizontal bars across it’.’
      • ‘So last night I totally wore the new shorty pyjamas to bed.’
      • ‘The other sister is in a tight-fitting, low-cut black dress under a square-cut shorty jacket with elbow-length sleeves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the end of the winter (late April) perhaps it had cooled a little, but a shortie wetsuit was only just adequate.’
      • ‘Titania first appears in a blue silk ball gown, but when retiring she discards the gown to reveal a shortie slip nightdress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've seen Januarys so warm we had to dig out shorty pajamas.’
      • ‘Also, Jesse dances in a pair of shorty shorts and little else on his bed.’
      • ‘He was also wearing a tight white tank top and shorty shorts.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Me and my shorty celebrated the game right last night.’
    • ‘He found that he was not the father to his shorty's baby.’
    • ‘plus I would have hollared at that shorty in the front with the lbd on.’
    • ‘I had this dude in a suit that kept constantly bothering me and my shorty while we were trying to have a convo.’
    • ‘You haven't seen his shorty kiss him or even hold his hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the world goes round, so does he in his new video with a busty shorty.’
    • ‘Do NOT wash down your shorty's meal with two beers.’

Pronunciation

shorty

/ˈSHôrdē//ˈʃɔrdi/