82 Common Short I Words You Should Know in English

In English, there are many short words that can be used when speaking informally or in written text. In some cases, these short words can be combined to create even shorter phrases. It is difficult to create long words that sound natural, so people often combine their prefixes and suffixes to produce a new word.

Here are some common English short i words you should know.

Short I Words

What are Short I Words?

These are short words that begin with the letter “i” and end with “ng” or “ch.” These words are designed to sound similar to longer i words.

For example, the i word “industry” can be shortened to “industry,” which sounds a lot like the longer word “industry.” Similarly, the word for a company can be shortened to just “company,” which sounds like it could be an extension of the shorter word for a small business, such as a bakery or soda shop.

While these short words have their own individual meanings in English, they tend to be used in ways you would not expect.

Short I Words

Ways To Spell Short I

Many of the short i words are spelled the same as their longer i counterparts, but others have different spellings. Here are some examples of these three spellings:

For example, the word “photography” is spelled differently in English. Sometimes people use the two-word formation “photo” and “graphy,” which looks a lot like a full sentence: Photo-graphy.

List of Short I Words

  • Rid
  • Mid
  • Lid
  • Id
  • Kid
  • Hid
  • Bid
  • Lip
  • Clip
  • Sip
  • Rip
  • Tip
  • Nip
  • Dip
  • Whip
  • Big
  • Wig
  • Pig
  • Hit
  • Bit
  • Writ
  • Lit
  • Fit
  • Sit
  • Pit
  • Nit
  • Mitt
  • Silk
  • Milk
  • Win
  • Tin
  • Twin
  • Pin
  • Lint
  • Glint
  • Flint
  • Mint
  • Fill
  • Pill
  • Till
  • Hill
  • Gill
  • Dill
  • Mill
  • Bill
  • Chill
  • Sill
  • Will
  • Nil
  • Rim
  • Dim
  • Whim
  • Trim
  • Fib
  • Rib
  • Sib
  • Thick
  • Quick
  • Sick
  • Stick
  • Pick
  • Lick
  • Trick
  • Slick
  • Quit
  • Bin
  • Dig
  • Fin
  • Gig
  • His
  • Kin
  • Zip
  • Did
  • Fig
  • Gin
  • Him
  • Hip
  • Jig
  • Kit
  • Rig
  • Sin
  • Wit

Short I Words with Their Meanings

Bin: a word that refers to a trash can.

Bid: the word for an offer to do something at a certain price, such as in an auction or real estate sale. Similar to the word “offer,” bid is used in both parts of speech, as an adjective and verb, just like “offer.”

Big: a large size or amount.

Bit: either small piece or part of something.

Dim: having very little light or not brightly illuminated; blind; obscure; murky; unclear; vague; blurred; darkened, etc., eg., a dim room, dim light). Often used along with words such as “area”, “spot”, and shadow”.

Did: the past tense of “do.” For example, “He did the laundry for mom.”

Dig: to move dirt or soil to make a hole in the ground or to move materials out of a hole or hole, etc., such as digging a hole for planting seeds.

Dip: to move up and down slightly, but not very suddenly. To remove something from something else by dipping it into that other thing, such as dipping a spoon into soup.

Fin: a line, such as the top edge of a triangular piece of paper.

Fig: a small, young or immature person.

Fit: to be suitable; to be in the right place or circumstance; to be comfortable; to match.

Gin: either alcoholic beverage or a type of bathtub made up of two triangles of glass and copper pipe in the centre that would fill with water when one was immersed in it (or being immersed in it).

Gig: a type of violin.

Him: related to the male pronoun “he,” referring to his body, his clothes, his identity, etc.

His: a possessive pronoun; related to the male pronoun “he,” referring to what he has or how he did something or sometimes how it is connected to him or part of him, such as his clothing and belongings.

Hid: the past tense and past participle of hide (to put something out of sight).

Hit: the past tense and past participle of hit (to hit or to have hit something).

Hip: a similar definition for hip as for “hit” as in the way it is used as an adjective.

Jib: a small sail that can be moved from side to side.

Jig: a two-step dance done in two parts, one movement forward with no steps and one back with no steps; dancing, music, etc.


The English language is loaded with these types of short i words. If you keep an ear out for them, then you will begin to hear them more and more often. The next time one of your friends tells you a joke from his favorite sitcom, you might catch that they are using short i words.