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A cookie made of flour, sugar, and much butter or other shortening.


(Cookery) a rich crumbly biscuit made from dough with a large proportion of butter
[C19: from short (in the sense: crumbly)]



a butter cookie commonly made in thick, pie-shaped wheels.
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Noun1.shortbread - very rich thick butter cookieshortbread - very rich thick butter cookie  
butter cookie - cookie containing much butter
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[ˈʃɔːtˌbrɛd] nfrollino, biscotto di pasta frolla


(ʃoːt) adjective
1. not long. You look nice with your hair short; Do you think my dress is too short?
2. not tall; smaller than usual. a short man.
3. not lasting long; brief. a short film; in a very short time; I've a very short memory for details.
4. not as much as it should be. When I checked my change, I found it was 20 cents short.
5. (with of) not having enough (money etc). Most of us are short of money these days.
6. (of pastry) made so that it is crisp and crumbles easily.
1. suddenly; abruptly. He stopped short when he saw me.
2. not as far as intended. The shot fell short.
ˈshortness noun
ˈshortage (-tidʒ) noun
a lack; the state of not having enough. a shortage of water.
ˈshorten verb
to make or become shorter. The dress is too long – we'll have to shorten it.
ˈshortening noun
(especially American) the fat used for making pastry.
ˈshortly adverb
soon. He will be here shortly; Shortly after that, the police arrived.
shorts noun plural
short trousers for men or women.
ˈshortbread noun
a kind of crisp, crumbling biscuit.
ˌshort-ˈchange verb
to cheat (a buyer) by giving him too little change.
short circuit the missing out by an electric current of a part of an electrical circuit (verb ˌshort-ˈcircuit)
ˈshortcoming noun
a fault.
ˈshortcut noun
a quicker way between two places. I'm in a hurry – I'll take a shortcut across the field.
ˈshorthand noun
a method of writing rapidly, using strokes, dots etc to represent sounds.
ˌshort-ˈhanded adjective
having fewer workers than are necessary or usual.
ˈshort-list noun
a list of candidates selected from the total number of applicants for a job etc.
to put on a short-list. We've short-listed three of the twenty applicants.
ˌshort-ˈlived (-ˈlivd) , ((American) -ˈlaivd) adjective
living or lasting only for a short time. short-lived insects; short-lived enthusiasm.
ˌshort-ˈrange adjective
1. not reaching a long distance. short-range missiles.
2. not covering a long time. a short-range weather forecast.
ˌshort-ˈsighted adjective
seeing clearly only things that are near. I don't recognize people at a distance because I'm short-sighted.
ˌshort-ˈsightedly adverb
ˌshort-ˈsightedness noun
ˌshort-ˈtempered adjective
easily made angry. My husband is very short-tempered in the mornings.
ˌshort-ˈterm adjective
1. concerned only with the near future. short-term plans.
2. lasting only a short time. a short-term loan.
by a short head
by a very small amount. to win by a short head.
for short
as an abbreviation. His name is Victor, but we call him Vic for short.
go short
to cause oneself not to have enough of something. Save this carton for tomorrow, or else we'll go short (of milk).
in short
in a few words.
in short supply
not available in sufficient quantity. Fresh vegetables are in short supply.
make short work of
to dispose of very quickly. The children made short work of the ice-cream.
run short
1. (of a supply) to become insufficient. Our money is running short.
2. (with of) not to have enough. We're running short of money.
short and sweet
His reply was short and sweet: `Get out!' he shouted.
short for
an abbreviation of. `Phone' is short for `telephone'; What is `Ltd.' short for?
short of
not as far as or as much as. Our total came to just short of $1,000; We stopped five miles short of London.
References in classic literature ?
- If London folk reads them we're done for.' And I was sounded as to the advisability of sending him a present of a lippie of shortbread, which was to be her crafty way of getting round him.
Roll out the shortbread pastry to about 1 cm thick.
Shortbread, jam, Marmite, tea and wine have been flying off the shelves at Selfridges in the Bullring in recent weeks.
PACKAGED IN THE COMPANY'S SIGNATURE PLAID CARTON, Aberlour-on-Spey, Scotland-based Walkers Shortbread has a new lineup of crunchy snacks for retail shelves.
While the shortbread is in the oven prepare the caramel.
Walkers, the family owned and operated Scottish bakery that is world famous for its award winning shortbread, is introducing the most extensive range of new products in the company's 105-year-old history, all are the perfect complement to your customer's tea or coffee beverage.
Mr Salmond also gloated over Mrs Currie's claims that Donald Dewar was in need of a solid lass to make him some shortbread.
SOARING butter prices have seen profits crumble by 60 per cent at Walkers Shortbread.
Graham, head chef at the Glenesk Country House Hotel in Edzell, Angus, first fell in love with cooking while helping his mum make cakes, shortbread and scones at their home in Oban.
Although this will be the first visit to IFE for shortbread company CRYMS from North Wales, their distinctive shortbread has made it into the top 100 new products at the event.
Valentine's chocolate shortbread with white chocolate ganache and pomegranate covers most of Valentine's Day's credentials, or should I say cliches, on the food front at least.
For the poached gooseberries: 500g fresh gooseberries, topped and tailed 350g unrefined golden caster sugar 50ml water (or elderflower liqueur) The juice of 1 lemon For the gooseberry curd: 400g poached gooseberries The juice of 1 lemon 2 fresh, free-range eggs 2 fresh, free-range egg yolks 125g unsalted butter, diced and chilled For the fool: 250ml whipping cream A few tablespoons gooseberry curd For the Breton shortbread: 600g butter, diced, at room temperature 200g unrefined golden caster sugar, plus a little extra 700g plain flour 100g ground rice A pinch of Maldon salt Extras: A whisk Storage jars A suitable deep-sided baking tray for the shortbread Method: First, prepare the shortbread.