A term orginating in Atlanta that,
in the beginning, referred to a short person or child,
but the span of the word has grown to include any and all people,
especially a girl that is attractive;
it is mostly used as a term of endearment to others
or just a way of addressing someone,
like 'Wassup Man,' Instead of "Man", shawty is used.
NOTE: Can be shortened to "shawt" or "shawtdawg".