- cheat (someone) by giving insufficient money as change；treat unfairly by withholding something of value
- insufficient money given as change.
verb: short-change, 3rd person present: short-changes, gerund or present participle: short-changing, past tense: short-changed, past participle: short-changed
noun: short change, plural noun: shortchanges
- 1. cheat (someone) by giving insufficient money as change I'm sure I was short-changed at the bar
- ▪ treat unfairly by withholding something of value artists have been short-changed by people who stream music without paying
- 1. insufficient money given as change.