Translation of short in Spanish:


corto, adj.

Pronunciation /ʃɔːt//ʃɔrt/


  • 1

    (of length, height, distance)
    (grass/skirt/hair) corto
    (person) bajo
    that dress is too short for her ese vestido le queda demasiado corto
    • he's shorter than her él es más bajo que ella
    • what's the shortest route to town? ¿cúal es el camino más corto a la ciudad?
    • you were still in short pants / trousers aún llevabas pantalones cortos / andabas de pantalón corto
    • they only live a short way off / away viven muy cerca
    • we've only got a short way to go ya nos falta poco (para llegar)
    • to get sb by the short hairs / by the short and curlies pillar / agarrar / pescar a algn
    • to have sb by the short hairs / by the short and curlies tener agarrado a algn
    • Seiron wore black dress pants, a white shirt with short sleeves and both wore black boots to match.
    • Jon held up a short, sturdy club, and Brianna quickly untangled a net and dagger.
    • Mrs Gallagher was punched and robbed in a daytime attack just a short walk from her home at a sheltered housing complex in Undercliffe.
    • I thought I will have a short walk with the dog and go to the chemist before settling down for the rest of the day at home as I had not spent any time with the sickie.
    • It's such a short journey to Germany that the tournament could almost feel like a home event to the Czechs.
    • She's short and petite, with dimples in her smile and her hair in small little buns.
    • There is a makeshift parking area at the top of a short path leading to the water.
    • Then it was time for a short walk over to the Arc de Triomphe without my camera and then back to the room for another nap!
    • The towering man with short white hair walked quickly down the sidewalk as he spoke.
    • You have to imagine a tiny, thin, short fellow with a white beard and bald head.
    • And the River Aire, just a short walk from his Carleton home, flowed through his life as a constant companion.
    • The man is described as 25, white, wearing a white polo shirt with short sleeves and navy shorts down to his knees.
    • The short steep waves for which the Baltic is renowned build quickly and we soon agree that it's too rough to dive.
    • Knee-length skirts and slightly shorter ones were also combined with short coats.
    • Women attending university are told at the gate that their skirts are too short, or asked why they are wearing jeans.
    • You can imagine my utter disbelief then, when the cab turned up and turned out to be driven by a grey-haired, short man of about fifty years of age.
    • Most college girls know they do not have nice legs and keep away from short skirts.
    • I stand behind a short woman who was behind a tall woman and husband.
    • Danielle shook her head in confusion, walking quickly down the short hallway to her room.
    • The offender is described as a white man, 5ft 10 in tall, with short dark hair and of medium build.
    • He is cute, tall (remember the run of short guys) and witty so we will see how that goes.
    • Only now they were incongruously dressed in sheepskin jackets and short skirts.
    • With the kids packed off to relatives, I took the short journey down the road to the Battle Hospital.
    • My mother was quite short in stature, she had been an orphan, and my cousin Vera considered her very beautiful.
    • 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.
    • WE ARE SITTING in a restaurant a short walk from the bookstore and I have just read him the extract above.
    • So yesterday, before going out to Popstarz with Gideon, Nick and Davo, I sent Davo a link to an article about short men.
    • You were very tall - looming at least a chest and head above me, and I'm not short.
    • This suggests that the sclerite wall curved into the cavity, forming a short canal or tube.
    • She wore a flimsy white cotton dress with short sleeves, a pink sash about the waist, and a skirt that blew in the wind.
    • He was short and stocky, maybe ten years older than Jeremy, with a brown brush-cut.
    • They make the short journey to Ossett Town and a meeting with their former manager Steve Richards.
    • The fencers would stand in an almost upright position with a short stance and the knees only slightly bent.
    • In all but the coldest months, she went about in sleeveless blouses and short skirts.
    • We will recruit thousands more police, especially among ethnic minorities and short people.
    • Hannah had been with friends at pubs in Bevois Valley before she was abducted on the short walk home on Friday, March 14.
    • Wrapping her arms about her, Jenni cursed her choice of a skirt and short sleeves.
    • After all, if the desk is higher, a short person can always get a booster seat.
    • There are plenty of short runs for beginners close to the nursery area.
    • Entry into the rear is not too difficult either and there is room enough for adults - if only on short journeys.
    • There are many options to choose from including many only a short walk or ride from the gaming tables.
    • One was a short man with bushy eyebrows, another looked like a corpse and, oddly, the third was a man in fishnets.
    • She is short and petite in frame - a trait she inherited from her Japanese mother.
    • As she was about to turn away from the window Joanna heard voices coming from the park at the end of the short street.
    • Now hardly anybody works on Saturday mornings and cars and buses are freely available to make the short journey to Ibrox or Parkhead.
    • This is not a problem on short journeys but on a long haul it can literally become a pain in the neck.
    • Josh picked up his pace and jogged across the park and short expanse of field to the metal dugouts.
    • They had managed to brave the strong winds and to make the short journey down Main Street on foot.
    • It's about short skirts, pretty ponytails and staying feminine, if you please.
    • Tree shape is determined by the relative positions of long and short branches.
    • The little man with the gloves and short sleeves had no sooner orchestrated something at one end than he was thwarting his opponents at the other.
    • He had earlier used seven of his own clubs in a vain attempt to keep the ball on the short grass.
    • Believe me, the game is a lot easier when your tee shots consistently find the short grass.
    • His shirt had short sleeves, exposing pale, wiry arms, but he showed no sign of being cold.
    • At the prescription counter, there was a pregnant lady in front of me, in a short dress.
    • Now he's the short bloke with a few million in the bank, a shelf full of Baftas and Golden Globes, and a reputation as a comic genius.
    • Usually, the person at the helm gaffs the trap, but I'm rather short so I decide to just steer.
    • I wanted to join the police when I was younger but I was too short.
    • From the Roemer it's only a short walk to the banks of the Main River.
    • Like his brother Larry, Michael was also short and skinny when he was young.
    • He peered down the short hall which was off the kitchen and nodded to himself when he saw the familiar set up.
    • When I wore my shirt with its short sleeves you could see the scars on my wrist.
    • I am tired of short people who can't see over the steering wheel driving large cars.
    • Lollipop ladies were warned yesterday that they must not wear short skirts and high heels while on duty.
    • Another night, on the short walk home, he became disoriented and lost, and eventually found himself in an endless tunnel.
    • 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.
    • A short walk, which was perfumed by wood-smoke, led us to a small clearing where the charcoal burner was situated.
    • Bertha ran downstairs as quickly as her short legs would carry her, a mix of fear and intense fury flooding her veins.
    • For as much as I enjoyed my short walk along the river day before yesterday, I really paid for it.
    • She wore the short skirts and skimpy clothing that people like that would wear.
    • Next on the ramp, was a model wearing a short skirt and top, all woven in silk.
    • She was never associated with skimpy bathing suits, low cut gowns and short dresses.
    • The artistic director Wolfgang Langhoff once sat at this desk, a short man.
    • The distance over which a boat crew has line of sight is surprisingly short.
    • Cortez made the short walk to the feverish scrum in McBride's corner and raised the Irishman's right arm in victory.
    • Sleeveless tops and short skirts make it impossible to hide from the prying eyes of children.
    • As the passengers disembarked Toad noticed a hot young woman in a short skirt and leather jacket.
    • He is short, bespectacled, narrow-shouldered, a big talent in a Woody Allen-esque package.
    • She pulled her hair out of the back of the sweater, running a brush quickly through her short locks.
  • 2

    • 2.1(brief)

      (trip/vacation/visit) corto
      the days are getting shorter los días van acortándose
      • they're striking for shorter hours están de huelga porque quieren una reducción de la jornada laboral
      • a short time ago hace poco (tiempo)
      • a short while ago hace poco rato
      • we've only lived here for a short time / while hace poco (tiempo) que vivimos aquí
      • in just a few short years en pocos años
      • to have a short memory tener mala memoria
      • the short answer to that is no en una palabra: no
      • Liz is short for Elizabeth Liz es el diminutivo de Elizabeth
      • we call him Rob for short lo llamamos Rob para abreviar
      • I'll keep this short and to the point iré al grano
      • short and sweet
      • her visit was short and sweet su visita fue corta: lo bueno si breve dos veces bueno ...
      • The child was born while Banks was in prison, and the connection between them was only through very short visits, said the judge.
      • He wants leave to file a short affidavit explaining his position, so he did that, did he, Mr Hough?
      • I shall simply make a short summary of the position and annexe his judgment to my own.
      • She had felt as though Luca were getting closer and closer until a short while ago.
      • In 1975 they got together a small group and went over to the UK to work the Irish music venues on a short tour.
      • The intent of this short book is for it to be used as a simple and direct guide in a time of great danger.
      • He earned a stay of execution with a 65 in frame 30 but it was only a short reprieve before Stevens closed out the match in the next.
      • Plan to write a relatively short novel; you are producing one book, not a library.
      • The ship was closed for a short period while it was shifted to a new location opposite the Gateway of India.
      • The third book is longer than the first two, but is relatively short.
      • She quickly ran downstairs to her desk and wrote a short reply, before running back upstairs.
      • After a short conversation he left but the residents believe someone tampered with a back window while he was there.
      • Quickly he scribbled a short note, tore off the page and then tossed the two items back down.
      • The second note had been shorter than the first, so short that Asim had quickly memorized it.
      • Have each guest give you a pic of herself with the birthday girl along with a short note of funny memories.
      • We'll continue our conversation with both of these senators after a short break.
      • She was suspicious and, after a short conversation, told the man to leave.
      • His career was as short as it was spectacular and he later emigrated to Australia where he pursued a career as schoolmaster and journalist.
      • However, others argue that even a short visit to Varna can refute pessimistic appraisals of the situation.
      • Although his cricket career was short, the stories that grew up around him were tall.
      • Most of the applications were short and boring, but Jim's eyes instantly settled on the longest one.
      • Often Roth and his cohorts exchange short essays instead of speaking to one another.
      • Days were very short and the Arabian night falls quickly across the waters of the Gulf.
      • Michael Holding has created a niche for himself in a short period of time.
      • One of the key issues to be considered in this short introduction is the extent to which this is true.
      • Their articles are researched, well written and blissfully short.
      • Route planners have worked hard to keep roads open but say some will have to be closed for a short period to ensure the safety of the competitors.
      • The evening closed with a short entertainment of music and poetry provided by members.
      • A short visit to my son's new home shows how deeply such thinking confuses cause and effect.
      • I'm apologising in advance for the very short chapter, I'll put another one up soon.
      • Here, with a short artist's biography, is the concert programme listed in full.
      • Stalwart cricketer and former president of Glusburn cricket club has died aged 80, after a short illness.
      • He has sold short fiction in a range of genres from horror to romantic comedy, and back again.
      • The short essay then quickly moves on to a concern about how we should read Nietzsche's texts.
      • He recently resigned as manager of The Neale after a short stint in that position.
      • Traditionally Pergia weddings are short and the crowd clears out quickly afterwards.
      • This relatively short opinion questionnaire gives a pretty accurate account of where you really stand.
      • The only problem I have with the novels is that they're so short!
      • Mourinho's father Felix picked up the receiver and spoke quietly during a short conversation.
      • To create an in vivo code, highlight the word or short passage that strikes you as significant and from which you want to create a node.

    • 2.2Linguistics

      (vowel/syllable) breve
      • It can occur in syllable coda position, but only after a short vowel.
      • We have alternately one long or forcible syllable, and two short or light ones, recurring over and over.
      • Many local accents are marked by a rhythm that tends to lengthen stressed vowels and to reduce or eliminate unstressed short vowels.
      • A trochee is a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short.
      • 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.

    • 2.3

      in short resumiendo

  • 3

    (brusque, impatient)
    (manner) brusco
    (manner) cortante
    he was very short with me estuvo muy brusco / cortante conmigo
    • she has a very short temper tiene muy mal genio
    • He was short with the press, which did not endear him when it came to the races with Coe.
    • 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.
    • I've tried to be very short with him when he comes to ask for guidance from me.
    • The remainder of the day progressed as normal, but Mary couldn't help but feel that Bertha was a little short with her.
    • For a moment I almost felt guilty for being so short with him as his gaze fell and he slouched into his chair.
    • She and her mother had a good relationship and Eleanor was rarely short with her.
    • British Transport Police are being very short with their version of events.
    • He is thankful that Fielding visited him again even though Aziz was short with him.
    • She's been kind of short with me, spending most of her time with that boy with the scar down his arm.
    • One minute she'll be nice and friendly and the next she'll be short and distant.
    • Owen had been very short with him, his answers to Sam's questions almost monosyllabic.
  • 4

    (inadequate, deficient)
    the troops were on short rations las raciones de las tropas eran escasas
    • to be in short supply (in short supply) escasear
    • he was fined for giving short weight lo multaron por no dar el peso exacto
    • time is getting short queda poco tiempo
    • I'm a bit short just now ando algo corto / escaso / apurado de dinero en este momento
    • we're/they're still six people short/short six people todavía nos/les faltan seis personas
    • the throw was short by several meters el tiro se quedó corto varios metros
    • (to be) short of sth/sb
    • to be short on sth
    • we're very short of time tenemos muy poco tiempo
    • they were short of staff no tenían suficiente personal
    • do you get short of breath? ¿se queda sin aliento?
    • five miles short of our destination a cinco millas de nuestro destino
    • we're still a long way short of our target estamos todavía muy lejos de nuestro objetivo
    • he's just short of six feet tall mide poco menos de seis pies
    • it would be nothing short of a miracle sería un verdadero / un auténtico milagro
    • nothing short of a miracle can save us now solo un milagro nos puede salvar
    • it would be nothing short of disastrous no sería ni más ni menos que un desastre
    • nothing short of a full apology will satisfy him solo con una disculpa como Dios manda se quedará satisfecho
    • short of asking him outright, I don't know how you can find out salvo que / a menos que le preguntes directamente, no sé cómo podrás averiguarlo
    • he's a bit short on brains es algo corto (de entendederas)
    • they're not short on enthusiasm no les falta entusiasmo
    • Two of the main ingredients in this are sugar and refined flour, both of which are seriously short on nutrients.
    • Pigs are the one bright spot on the horizon but supplies are short.
    • I don't mind pitching in a situation where staffing is short, supplies are scarce, morale is low.
    • We have not gotten off that, which is why we're short on equipment and personnel and training.
    • Newer outfits can also face potential conflicts of interest, or at least be short on quality.
    • Val's food supply was going on short, she would have thanked him, but instead silently did so.
    • At the moment England are strong on hounds but a little short in the fox department.
    • The Prime Minister's speech was short on any vision that addressed those matters.
    • What the South African world number four will be short on is the level of confidence achieved only through winning.
    • Coming off four heavy defeats on the bounce, his charges looked lamentably short on confidence.
    • However, whatever the visitors were lacking they will never be short on pride and spirit.
    • They may be strong on physical prowess, but a little short on the professional side.
    • The co-operative's arable manager, Phil Rees, warned that supplies could be very short next spring.
    • The book is somewhat short on hard evidence, yet Davies says he has no doubt about the truth of the revelations.
    • There is already a short supply in some trades, especially those skilled trades such as bricklayers.
    • It was the same Government which made a plea to the Supreme Court that the scheme could not be run as they were short on money!
    • Supplies were so short that the Japanese resorted to cannibalism, eating the flesh of prisoners and their own troops.
    • Similarly, for the first time in years, the short supply of mechanics appears not so dire.
    • Mulberry was a little short on heritage; worse still, it was bereft of excitement.
    • Reading a book of plays is another great way to get some reading in when you're short on time.
    • They were short on information, but all said Deane had resigned from the OPP.
    • It worked out - money was short, but just enough to keep the apartment and pay the bills.
    • True, the braised fennel was a bit crunchy and the leek and bacon risotto with which it was stuffed was a bit short on leek and bacon, but it was pretty nice.
    • He added that there is a short supply of trained diabeticians.
    • The matriarch shrugged her shoulders and said that supplies were short.
    • But most of that annual generation will be in summer when power is not short.
    • Is this someone's way of telling us we're short on our annual allotment of carrots?
    • With the retirement of Istabraq we are short on stars but this lady could soon be a darling with racegoers everywhere.
    • Armed with a booming drive, he is not short on confidence, and it is more than his golf that will help him to stand out.
    • They reward bravery and commitment - something never short with Simon.
    • 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.
    • The students are long on facts and short on the reflection and analysis that comes with experience.
    • As food and water became scarce, they were the first that society wanted to exterminate in order to preserve their short supply.
    • Six days after Tropical Storm Jeanne hit the island, water and food supplies are short.
    • Animals like this only come into the open when the natural food supply is short.
    • Work out arrangements in advance with other farmers to help you out when your supplies are short.
    • Was it a ruse to allow reporters short on subject matter to fill the pages dedicated to the European Championship?
    • But if time is short it comes back to the question of direct access.
    • However, the pain lasted only as long as his short supply of breath could keep him alive.
    • The short supply of tomatoes means prices are higher, too, which means there's less demand.
  • 5

    (pastry) que se deshace fácilmente
    • 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.
    • This had thin, short pastry nicely dusted with icing sugar and was delicious.
    • The short pastry is good and the sauce emulsified, but filling is bland invalid food and the ham is elusive.
    • There's a proper crunch to the short pastry and the filling ticks all the boxes.
    • Who can resist the flinty crispness of baked pecans, suspended in a maple-goo inside short, buttery pastry?
    • The pastry was short and there was no doubt about the almond flavour.
    • Bring the mixture together to form a short pastry, but don't overwork it.
    • Because you don't need the pastry to rise, you can use frozen puff pastry, leftover trimmings, or even short pastry.

    por contener mucha mantequilla o grasa

  • 6

    • 6.1

      (sale) al descubierto
      • Shorters or short sellers are traders who sell shares that they don't already own.
      • If a short squeeze occurs and enough short sellers buy back the stock, the price could go even higher.
      • Unlike other investors, he can establish either long or short positions in securities.
      • Take short positions with caution until the market reverts back to bull confirmed.
      • In other words, you need two long call options to hedge one short futures contract.

    • 6.2

      (bill) a corto plazo
      • 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.


  • 1

    (suddenly, abruptly)
    he cut me short no me dejó terminar
    • he cut short his vacation interrumpió sus vacaciones
    • he stopped short when he saw me se paró en seco cuando me vio
    • the train stopped just short of the obstruction el tren se paró justo antes del obstáculo
    • they stopped short of firing him les faltó poco para echarlo
    • he was brought up short by what she said lo que ella dijo lo dejó helado
    • to be caught short
    • we were caught short by an unexpected influx of visitors la inesperada llegada de turistas nos pilló desprevenidos
    • to be caught / taken short
    • I was caught short at the station me entraron unas ganas terribles de ir al baño / al servicio en la estación
  • 2

    (below target, requirement)
    to fall short quedarse corto
    • where they fall short is ... en lo que fallan es ...
    • to fall short of sth
    • to fall ... short of sth
    • to go short ( of sth)
    • we fell short of our target no alcanzamos nuestro objetivo
    • their quality falls short of our requirements la calidad de sus productos está por debajo de nuestras exigencias / no está a la altura de lo que exigimos
    • the arrow fell several meters short of its target la flecha cayó a varios metros del blanco
    • his performance fell well short of our expectations su actuación estuvo muy por debajo de lo que esperábamos
    • we never went short of food nunca nos faltó la comida
    • her parents never let her go short (of money) sus padres no permiten que le falte nada/que le falte dinero
    • I went short of many things to pay that bill tuve que privarme de muchas cosas para pagar esa cuenta
    • my patience is running short se me está acabando / agotando la paciencia
    • we're running short of coffee se nos está acabando el café


  • 1

    cortocircuito masculine
    corto masculine
  • 2

    cortometraje masculine
    corto masculine
  • 3British


    copa de bebida alcohólica de las que se sirven en pequeñas cantidades, como el whisky o el coñac

  • 4shorts pl

    (short trousers)
    (masculine plural) shorts
    a pair of shorts unos shorts
    • bathing shorts traje de baño
  • 5shorts pl

    (short trousers, men's underwear)
    (masculine plural) calzoncillos

intransitive verb


  • 1

    hacer un cortocircuito

transitive verb

  • 1

    provocar un cortocircuito en