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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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[ˈʃɔːrtbrɛd] nsablé m


[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 ?
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.
Walkers produces the widest variety of shortbread in the world, including Fingers, Petticoat Tails, Highlanders, Rounds, Triangles, Chocolate Chip, Wholemeal, Stem Ginger, Almond, Hazelnut, Ginger Royals, Chocolate Covered Shortbread, and the new Organic Shortbread Fingers.
We created this recipe to complement a matcha and seaweed gelato we had made in order to create a shortbread sandwich.
2 To make shortbread, mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl with an electric whisk until softened.
Take the shortbread out of the fridge and make into finger shapes.
Billionaire's shortbread (Maria Guseva) Servings: 16 To add her spin to the popular British confection known as millionaire's shortbread, chef Maria Guseva sprinkles the chocolate with flaky sea salt, and then encourages bakers to add other toppings, such as edible gold leaf, candied ginger and toasted nuts.
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.
HIS week, we're giving a modern classic a renovation, and it's one of those sweet treats that nobody seems to be able to refuse - Millionaire's Shortbread.
T HIS is a sweeter version of the Ginger Bread Man, a buttery shortbread recipe with a hint of cinnamon (can also be done without).
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.
Shortbread House of Edinburgh, supplier of handmade shortbread in the UK, has purchased its fourth Tom Chandley Oven.