Translation of short in Spanish:
adjective -er, -est
- 1 (of length, height, distance)(hair/skirt/grass)(person)that dress is too short for herhe's shorter than herese vestido le queda demasiado cortowhat's the shortest route to town?él es más bajo que ellayou were still in short pants o (British English) trousers¿cúal es el camino más corto a la ciudad?they only live a short way off o awayaún llevabas pantalones cortos or andabas de pantalón cortowe've only got a short way to goviven muy cercato get somebody by the short hairs o (in British English also) by the short and curlies [colloquial]ya nos falta poco (para llegar)to have somebody by the short hairs o (in British English also) by the short and curlies [colloquial]pillar or agarrar or pescar a alguien [colloquial]tener agarrado a alguien [colloquial]Example sentences
- The offender is described as a white man, 5ft 10 in tall, with short dark hair and of medium build.
- He had short dark hair, a small thin moustache and brown eyes.
- The suspect is a white man, 6ft tall, with stubble, short dark hair, and crooked white teeth.
- This is not a problem on short journeys but on a long haul it can literally become a pain in the neck.
- Now hardly anybody works on Saturday mornings and cars and buses are freely available to make the short journey to Ibrox or Parkhead.
- I was put up at a villa that stood on stilts in the sea and which required a short journey by boat to reach from the main resort itself.
- Wrapping her arms about her, Jenni cursed her choice of a skirt and short sleeves.
- Only now they were incongruously dressed in sheepskin jackets and short skirts.
- She was never associated with skimpy bathing suits, low cut gowns and short dresses.
- You have to imagine a tiny, thin, short fellow with a white beard and bald head.
- She's short and petite, with dimples in her smile and her hair in small little buns.
- She is short and petite in frame - a trait she inherited from her Japanese mother.
- 2 2.1 (brief)(visit/vacation/trip)the days are getting shorterthey're striking for shorter hourslos días van acortándosea short time agoestán de huelga porque quieren una reducción de la jornada laborala short while agohace poco (tiempo)we've only lived here for a short time o whilehace poco ratohace un ratito [colloquial]in just a few short yearshace poco (tiempo) que vivimos aquíto have a short memoryen pocos añosthe short answer to that is notener mala memoriaLiz is short for Elizabethen una palabra: nowe call him Rob for shortLiz es el diminutivo de ElizabethI'll keep this short and to the pointlo llamamos Rob para abreviarshort and sweether visit was short and sweetiré al grano2.2 (Linguistics)su visita fue corta: lo bueno si breve dos veces bueno …(vowel/syllable)Example sentences
Example sentences2.3in short (briefly)
- Maybe it's all part of a plan to nullify the threat from the land of the short sharp vowel.
- There are other vowel sounds in our language besides the short and long vowels.
- Many local accents are marked by a rhythm that tends to lengthen stressed vowels and to reduce or eliminate unstressed short vowels.
- It can occur in syllable coda position, but only after a short vowel.
- A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
- We'll continue our conversation with both of these senators after a short break.
- After a short conversation he left but the residents believe someone tampered with a back window while he was there.
- She was suspicious and, after a short conversation, told the man to leave.
- Plan to write a relatively short novel; you are producing one book, not a library.
- One of the key issues to be considered in this short introduction is the extent to which this is true.
- The third book is longer than the first two, but is relatively short.
- 3 (brusque, impatient) he was very short with meshe has a very short temperestuvo muy brusco or cortante conmigotiene muy mal genioExample sentences
- He was short with the press, which did not endear him when it came to the races with Coe.
- British Transport Police are being very short with their version of events.
- I don't know what I have done to upset him but I must have done something as Gareth has been very short with me of late.
- 4 (inadequate, deficient) the troops were on short rationsto be in short supply he was fined for giving short weightlas raciones de las tropas eran escasastime is getting shortlo multaron por no dar el peso exactoI'm a bit short just nowqueda poco tiempose está acabando el tiempowe're/they're still six people short o (in American English also) short six peopleando algo corto or escaso or apurado de dinero en este momentothe throw was short by several meterstodavía nos/les faltan seis personas(to be) shortel tiro se quedó corto varios metros
ofsomething/somebodywe're very short of timethey were short of staffestamos muy cortos or escasos de tiempotenemos muy poco tiempodo you get short of breath?no tenían suficiente personalfive miles short of our destination¿se queda sin aliento?we're still a long way short of our targeta cinco millas de nuestro destinohe's just short of six feet tallestamos todavía muy lejos de nuestro objetivoit would be nothing short of a miraclemide poco menos de seis piesnothing short of a miracle can save us nowsería un verdadero or un auténtico milagroit would be nothing short of disastroussolo un milagro nos puede salvarnothing short of a full apology will satisfy himno sería ni más ni menos que un desastreshort of asking him outright, I don't know how you can find outsolo con una disculpa como Dios manda se quedará satisfechoto be shortsalvo que or a menos que le preguntes directamente, no sé cómo podrás averiguarlo onsomething [colloquial] he's a bit short on brainsthey're not short on enthusiasmes algo corto (de entendederas) [colloquial]no les falta entusiasmoExample sentences
- We have not gotten off that, which is why we're short on equipment and personnel and training.
- They were short on information, but all said Deane had resigned from the OPP.
- If you're short on time and desperately in need of a one-stop option for all of your green needs, you're in luck.
- Six days after Tropical Storm Jeanne hit the island, water and food supplies are short.
- The co-operative's arable manager, Phil Rees, warned that supplies could be very short next spring.
- He added that there is a short supply of trained diabeticians.
- 5 (Cookery)(pastry)que se deshace fácilmente(por contener mucha mantequilla o grasa)Example sentences
- The easiest way to do this with very short pastry is wrap it lightly around the rolling pin, lift the pastry up on the rolling pin, and lay it on top of the fruit.
- The short pastry is good and the sauce emulsified, but filling is bland invalid food and the ham is elusive.
- This had thin, short pastry nicely dusted with icing sugar and was delicious.
- 6 (Finance) 6.1(sale)6.2(bill)a corto plazoExample sentences
- It is unusual because of the falling interest rate environment during most of the period, at least for short bonds, followed by a leveling off and slight rise in the last few months.
- Take short positions with caution until the market reverts back to bull confirmed.
- Unlike other investors, he can establish either long or short positions in securities.
- Shorters or short sellers are traders who sell shares that they don't already own.
- 1 (suddenly, abruptly) See examples: he cut me shorthe cut short his vacationme interrumpióno me dejó terminarhe stopped short when he saw meinterrumpió sus vacacionesthe train stopped just short of the obstructionse paró en seco cuando me viothey stopped short of firing himel tren se paró justo antes del obstáculohe was brought up short by what she saidles faltó poco para echarloto be caught shortwe were caught short by an unexpected influx of visitorslo que ella dijo lo dejó heladoto be caught o (in British English also) taken short (need toilet) [colloquial]I was caught short at the stationla inesperada llegada de turistas nos pilló or (especially Spain) nos cogió desprevenidosme entraron unas ganas terribles de ir al baño or al servicio en la estación
- 2 (below target, requirement) See examples: to fall short (shell/arrow) where they fall short is …to fall shorten lo que fallan es …
ofsomethingwe fell short of our targettheir quality falls short of our requirementsno alcanzamos nuestro objetivoto fall … shortla calidad de sus productos está por debajo de nuestras exigencias or no está a la altura de lo que exigimos ofsomethingthe arrow fell several meters short of its targethis performance fell well short of our expectationsla flecha cayó a varios metros del blancoto go short (su actuación estuvo muy por debajo de lo que esperábamos ofsomething)we never went short of foodher parents never let her go short (of money)nunca nos faltó la comidaI went short of many things to pay that billsus padres no permiten que le falte nada/que le falte dineromy patience is running shorttuve que privarme de muchas cosas para pagar esa cuentawe're running short of coffeese me está acabando or agotando la paciencia→ sell 1 1 1se nos está acabando el cafénos estamos quedando sin caféExample sentences
- He does tend to hit a lot of balls short, which allowed me to move up in the court and attack.
- Instead, we end up making an ugly pass at the ball and almost always leave it two or three feet short.
- Today, they are playing away from the body when the ball is pitched short.
- 2 (Cinema)Example sentences
- Arteta made several well-received shorts and the feature film Star Maps, about a would-be movie star who makes a living selling Hollywood maps - and sex.
- It means feature films, not shorts; fiction not documentary.
- The Raindance festival commences on October 23 and will include 70 feature films and 200 shorts from 22 countries.
- 3 (drink)(British English) (copa de bebida alcohólica de las que se sirven en pequeñas cantidades, como el whisky o el coñac)Example sentences
- Nicholas said he had drunk about six shorts and other alcohol and had taken heroin in the hours leading up to the encounter.
- She had drunk a litre of cider and three shorts of vodka and had taken too high a dose of her prescribed medicine.
- There is a fan nearby which fills one ear with white noise and makes me slightly giddy as if I had drunk a short.
- (Electricity)hacer un cortocircuitoExample sentences
- If you did not do anything with the flyback, gradually the internal capacitance will become shorted and you will need to refurbish the flyback.
- Only by using a ringer test you will know if it shorted or not.
- It sort of reminded me of when you see powerlines shorting out, or see a lot of sort of slow sparks leaping out from this central point.
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