shirring

noun

shirr·​ing ˈshər-iŋ How to pronounce shirring (audio)
: a decorative gathering (as of cloth) made by drawing up the material along two or more parallel lines of stitching

Illustration of shirring

Illustration of shirring

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crisscross shirring is a fun detail that also provides a torso-slimming effect. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 To that end, the new OCBD features an unfused, unlined collar and cuffs, as well as a seven-button front, a straight box pleat, and six-pleat shirring at the cuffs. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2021 The menswear effect is softened with a bit of drapery, like a twist at the neck or shirring at the hips. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, 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. refinery29.com, 15 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shirring was circa 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Shirring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirring. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

shirring

noun
shirr·​ing ˈshər-iŋ How to pronounce shirring (audio)
: a decorative gathering (as of cloth) made by drawing up the material along two or more parallel lines of stitching
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