IMO you will find what you need in this link, entry 5 or 6 (whether it is one or the other will depend on context)
Short | Define Short at Dictionary.com
Hope it helps.
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What does the short mean in this sentence?
The boss was very short with his secretary.
Thanks a lot,
This is the number five definition:
brief or concise, as writing.
And accordingly, the sentence should be "The boss was very brief/concise with his secretary.
But isn't it awkward to say someone is concise with somebody?
I did. When I first looked "short" up in the dictionary before here, I guess it might mean the definition six, but I wasn't sure.Did you read 6, as suggested by charliedeut?
And according to Cha's suggestion, he mentioned "short" was open to two definitions, and I guess the fixth one doesn't work, so I just want to make certain.
So, the answer is the sixth one, right?