shirr·​ing | \ ˈshər-iŋ How to pronounce shirring (audio) \

Definition of shirring

: a decorative gathering (as of cloth) made by drawing up the material along two or more parallel lines of stitching

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Examples of shirring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The menswear effect is softened with a bit of drapery, like a twist at the neck or shirring at the hips. Sharon Graubard,, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 That elastic shirring method that took over our babydoll dresses and itty bitty tie-dye shirts has returned with a vengeance this year after a brief introduction last summer., "This Summer '18 Trend Is Calling All Baby Tee Devotees," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of shirring

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Shirring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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