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skirt

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of skirt

  1. 1 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something <an old shack on the skirts of the town> Synonyms borderline, bound, boundary, brim, circumference, compass, confines, edge, edging, end, frame, fringe, hem, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, border, skirting, vergeRelated Words ambit; brink, crest, curb, cusp, lip; ceiling, maximum; demarcation, extent, limitation, measure, mere, restriction, termination; borderland, frontier, march, outskirts, pale, selvage; lap; shoreNear Antonyms center, core, heart; inner, inside, interior, middle, within

  2. 2 slang  an adult female human being <a pathetic old lecher who was still chasing skirts> Synonyms female, lady, woman [slang]Related Words dame, gentlewoman; madam, madame, senora (or señora); babe [slang], beauty, belle, chick [slang], damsel, doll, gal, girl, ingenue (or ingénue), lass, lassie, mademoiselle, maid, maiden, miss, senorita (or señorita)




skirt

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of skirt

  1. 1 to avoid by going around <skirted the construction zone> Synonyms bypass, circumnavigate, circumvent, detourRelated Words leapfrog; avoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, flee, shake, shunNear Antonyms confront, face, meet; accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome

  2. 2 to avoid having to comply with (something) especially through cleverness <the new bill would make it harder for companies to skirt environmental regulations> Synonyms beat, bypass, dodge, get around, shortcut, sidestep, circumventRelated Words avoid, duck, elude, end-run, escape, eschew, evade, outflank, shake, shirk, shun; disobey, disregard, flout, ignore; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off)Near Antonyms accede (to), acquiesce (to), assent (to); accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incurAntonyms comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

  3. 3 to be adjacent to <the commercial district skirts the river's edge> Synonyms abut, border (on), butt (on or against), flank, fringe, join, march (with), neighbor, adjoin, touch, verge (on)Related Words attach (to), communicate (with), connect (with), link (with); bound, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), fence, line, margin, rim, surround; contact, converge, meet

  4. 4 to serve as a border for <the wooden fence that skirts the construction site> Synonyms bound, edge, frame, fringe, margin, rim, borderRelated Words hem, trim; circumscribe, define, delineate, demarcate, outline, silhouette, sketch, trace; circle, compass, encircle, enclose (also inclose), environ, girdle, girth, loop, ring, round, surround, wall; check, confine, control, curb, limit, restrain, restrict





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