noun, plural short·ies.

  1. a person of less than average stature (sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive term of address).
  2. a garment designed to be of short length, as a hospital bed jacket.
  3. Also shaw·ty [shaw-tee] /ˈʃɔ ti/. Slang.
    1. a girl or woman: We watched the shorties on the dance floor, all lookin’ so fine.
    2. a girlfriend or sweetheart: Me and my shorty went to that new club over on Ninth last night; what a scene!


  1. noting a garment designed to be of short length: a shorty nightgown; shorty pajamas.

n.“short person,” 1888, from short (adj.) + -y (3).

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