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noun \ˈskərt\

Simple Definition of skirt

  • : a piece of clothing worn by women and girls that hangs from the waist down

  • : the part of a dress, coat, etc., that hangs from the waist down

  • : an outer covering that hangs down to protect something

Full Definition of skirt

  1. 1a (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 downb :  either of two usually leather flaps on a saddle covering the bars on which the stirrups are hungc :  a cloth facing that hangs from the bottom edge or across the front of a piece of furnitured :  the lower branches of a tree when near the ground

  2. 2a :  the rim, periphery, or environs of an areab plural :  outlying parts (as of a town or city)

  3. 3 :  a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging

  4. 4 slang :  a girl or woman

skirt·ed adjective

Examples of skirt

  1. She was wearing a short skirt.

  2. The skirt of her coat got caught in the car door.

  3. They put a protective skirt around the base of the machine.

Origin of skirt

Middle English, from Old Norse skyrta shirt, kirtle — more at shirt

First Known Use: 14th century

Other Equestrian Terms

Rhymes with skirt




Simple Definition of skirt

  • : to avoid (something) especially because it is difficult or will cause problems

  • : to lie or go along the edge of (something)

Full Definition of skirt

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to form or run along the border or edge of :  border

    2. 2a :  to provide a skirt forb :  to furnish a border or shield for

    3. 3a :  to go or pass around or about; specifically :  to go around or keep away from in order to avoid danger or discoveryb :  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>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  to be, lie, or move along an edge or border

    skirt·er noun

    Examples of skirt

    1. The mayor skirted the issue by saying that a committee was looking into the problem.

    2. They tried to skirt the new regulations.

    3. He tried to skirt around the question.

    4. Pine trees skirt the northern edge of the pond.

    5. The road skirts around the lake.

    6. We skirted around the edge of the city.


    First Known Use of skirt


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    February 12, 2016

    of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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