As an example, if you're part of a tour group (where you follow a schedule set out by a company), they could say something like "Breakfast will be short this morning as we have to get to the museum by 9:00." Which would mean that you don't have a lot of time to eat because we have to leave soon to make it to the museum on time.
Does that help?
Edit 2 years later with links for the nay sayers about breakfast being "short":
- When breakfast is short
- Breakfast will be short
- Lunch will be short
- For the toddler and preschooler, the family dinner will be short.
- After a short breakfast
- We took a short breakfast
- After a short breakfast
- We will serve a short breakfast
- "the first meal of the day especially when taken in the morning"
- "A meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day"
Add the definition of "breakfast" with "short": The first meal of the day will take a small amount of time. There is no need to add any other qualifier or to specify anything else.
Ah, ok. I had no idea what this sentence was going for until this. But I think a native English speaker would add "time" in this case -- "We only have a short time for breakfast," or possibly "Time for breakfast is short" or in this case, "Breakfast time will be cut short this morning." I don't think I've heard anyone saying "Breakfast will be short."
You must mean, "As an English speaker native to England"? Because I'm certainly a native English speaker - but then, you'd probably say I'm a native "American" speaker? Our sense of "short", on this side of the Atlantic, seems to better align with the German usage than with yours.
Adding my $0.02 to the conversation. Native English speaker in the US here. I would not normally say "the breakfast" but "Breakfast is/was short" would be very normal. And if i was looking at an agenda or itinerary, i can see myself showing my husband and saying, "Wow the breakfast is short. We will have to get there before they close."
It can't be short, you would never say this in English. It is a bad example. The time for breakfast could be "short" but the breakfast can only be "small" or "big" which refers to size. Even so you would say it in a completely different way. We will have a quick breakfast for example. Not a short breakfast.
Imagine it with lunch instead of breakfast. "We'll have a short lunch and get back to work." That's completely natural and widely used. I just think we don't talk about breakfast the same way because Americans don't often eat breakfast with others (outside of family) when they're pressed for time.
I am a native English speaker and would like to help explain the variety of uses for the word short. Short is often used to describe a distance, however like many words in the English language one word can have multiple meanings. Short, isn't just limited to distance but also is used in situations to describe time.
Example: I'm running short on time.
The beauty of the English language is that there are many words that serve a dual purpose. Thus, you have less vocabulary to learn.
Hope this helps :)