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1.
Pants that are around ankle length, just short enough to look a little unprofessional.

To passive-aggressively stick it to the man.
Kevin wore short pants to work. He was passive-aggressively sticking it to the man.
by Andronicus August 01, 2007
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2.
Multi-gender trousers that reach somewhere in between the bottom of the kneecap and the mid calf area. For clarification, shorts on the other hand range from bottom of the kneecap to any shorter desired length.

Also, short pants are not just pants that are too short. Pants that are too short are simply just pants, or capris- usually worn by females or gays.
Darnell: " Yo werd up check out deez short pants don't make me shank ya!"

Barthalamule: "Excuse me sir, those trousers are actually shorts. Sagging is an inappropriate use of shorts so those do not qualify as short pants. "
by short pants enthusiast October 27, 2011
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3.
Claire's stupid theory that short pants are another name for shorts.
I am packing short pants for summer camp.
by victoria February 13, 2005
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