skirt
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse skyrta shirt, kirtle — more at shirt Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) a free-hanging part of an outer garment or undergarment extending from the waist down (2) a separate free-hanging outer garment or undergarment usually worn by women and girls covering some or all of the body from the waist down b. either of two usually leather flaps on a saddle covering the bars on which the stirrups are hung c. a cloth facing that hangs from the bottom edge or across the front of a piece of furniture d. the lower branches of a tree when near the ground 2. a. the rim, periphery, or environs of an area b. plural outlying parts (as of a town or city) 3. a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging 4. slang a girl or woman • skirted adjective II. verb Date: 1602 transitive verb 1. to form or run along the border or edge of ; border 2. a. to provide a skirt for b. to furnish a border or shield for 3. a. to go or pass around or about; specifically to go around or keep away from in order to avoid danger or discovery b. to avoid especially because of difficulty or fear of controversy <
skirted the issue
>
c. to evade or miss by a narrow margin <
having skirted disaster — Edith Wharton
>
intransitive verb to be, lie, or move along an edge or border • skirter noun

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  • Skirt — Skirt, n. [OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta a shirt, Sw. sk[ o]rt a skirt, skjorta a shirt. See {Shirt}.] 1. The lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like garment; the part below the waist; as, the skirt of a coat, a dress …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skirt — [n1] border, edge brim, brink, fringe, hem, margin, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, purlieus, rim, skirting, verge; concepts 484,825 Ant. center, inside, interior, middle skirt [n2] ladies’ garment that hangs from waist culottes, dirndl, dress,… …   New thesaurus

  • Skirt — Skirt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skirted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skirting}.] 1. To cover with a skirt; to surround. [1913 Webster] Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To border; to form the border or edge of; to run… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skirt — Skirt, v. t. To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity. [1913 Webster] Savages . . . who skirt along our western frontiers. S. S. Smith. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skirt — (n.) c.1300, lower part of a woman s dress, from O.N. skyrta shirt, see SHIRT (Cf. shirt). Sense development from shirt to skirt is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (Cf. Low Ger. cognate Schört, in some dialects woman s gown ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • skirt — ► NOUN 1) a woman s outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs. 2) the part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist. 3) a surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • skirt — [skʉrt] n. [ME < ON skyrt, shirt, kirtle, akin to OE scyrte, SHIRT] 1. that part of a dress, coat, robe, etc. that hangs below the waist 2. a woman s garment of varying length that hangs down from the waist 3. something like a skirt, as a flap …   English World dictionary

  • skirt — index border, border (approach), detour, digress, embrace (encircle), margin (outside limit), outline …   Law dictionary

  • Skirt — For the cut of beef, see skirt steak. Polka dot skirt on a hanger. A skirt is a tube or cone shaped garment that hangs from the waist and covers all or part of the legs. In the western world, skirts are usually considered women s clothing.… …   Wikipedia

  • skirt — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ long, short ▪ She was wearing a short denim skirt. ▪ ankle length, calf length, knee length ▪ tight …   Collocations dictionary

  • skirt — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. overskirt, kilt, petticoat, farthingale, coattail; purlieu, borderland, edge, margin, outskirts; slang, woman, girl. See clothing, female. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. kilt, fustanella, kirtle, petticoat,… …   English dictionary for students

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