Pronunciation: (shôrt'hand"),[key] —n. 1. a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).
2. a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
—adj. 1. using or able to use shorthand.
2. written in shorthand.
3. of or pertaining to shorthand.