skirt

noun
\ ˈskərt How to pronounce skirt (audio) \

Definition of skirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 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
2a : the rim, periphery, or environs of an area
b skirts 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

skirt

verb
skirted; skirting; skirts

Definition of skirt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form or run along the border or edge of : border
2a : to provide a skirt for
b : to furnish a border or shield for
3a : 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

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Other Words from skirt

Noun

skirted \ ˈskər-​təd How to pronounce skirted (audio) \ adjective

Verb

skirter noun

Examples of skirt in a Sentence

Noun

She was wearing a short skirt. The skirt of her coat got caught in the car door. They put a protective skirt around the base of the machine.

Verb

The mayor skirted the issue by saying that a committee was looking into the problem. They tried to skirt the new regulations. He tried to skirt around the question. Pine trees skirt the northern edge of the pond. The road skirts around the lake. We skirted around the edge of the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meghan wore a bespoke Givenchy blouse and skirt, Aquazzura pumps, and a Givenchy clutch. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Opted for a Givenchy Blouse and Skirt at the Endeavour Fund Awards," 7 Feb. 2019 Diana's rendition of the look involved a pleated skirt, lace trim on the sleeves, and an oversized white lace collar. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Rocks Plaid in Scotland Like Meghan Markle," 29 Jan. 2019 The brief clip—which was even set to the SATC theme—features SJP in a very Carrie-meets-vintage-Madonna outfit: a pair of white lace heels, gloves, seafoam tulle skirt, purple beaded clutch. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Sarah Jessica Parker Just Brought Carrie Bradshaw Back, and We're So Here for It," 20 Jan. 2019 But Dirix argues that women’s skirts, which had reached an all-time high (literally) in 1925, were already well into their descent by 1927. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 More expensive options can include inserts, decorative pillows, a bed skirt, or curtains. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bed-in-a-Bag Sets You Can Buy," 24 Dec. 2018 Dark green may just be the royal color of the season, as Meghan Markle was recently spotted in a leather pencil skirt in the same hue. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Arrived 9 Months Pregnant to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 In terms of shape, since batteries have gotten cheaper and better, the form factor of the electric bike (big, with pedals, hard in a skirt) has become less necessary. New York Times, "So, About That Treadmill Desk in the Newsroom," 4 July 2018 Per People, Kate actually wore a similar red skirt with a black blazer and boots a decade ago, styled in almost exactly the same way. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, the end of the alliance surprised many in India, with some observers saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party had left to skirt responsibility for recent atrocities in Kashmir and that the party’s decision could lead to fresh violence. New York Times, "Kashmir Government in Turmoil as Coalition Breaks Down," 19 June 2018 As the plane skirted the Caspian Sea and crossed over the Balkans, the situation stayed iffy. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "An Illusion Made FlyDubai Pilots Crash Their Plane Into the Ground," 25 Apr. 2016 What to say: Don't skirt the issue and pretend everything's fine. Valerie Frankel, Good Housekeeping, "Answering the Trickiest Questions," 8 June 2012 Support for an artist's work and ensuing continued fame enables predators to skirt the law. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "R. Kelly Docuseries Reminds Us That Not All Stories of Sexual Assault Are Treated Equally," 11 Jan. 2019 Seemingly Teflon to scandal, R. Kelly has skirted most consequences — legal, financial, social — relying on a sturdy back catalog, a steady team of employees and a legendarily loyal fan base. Joe Coscarelli, BostonGlobe.com, "After years of allegations, R. Kelly faces a #MeToo reckoning," 1 May 2018 Netflix's attempt to skirt the law angered some members of the French film industry. The New York Times, cleveland.com, "'Roseanne': A not-so-deplorable reboot," 26 Mar. 2018 His lab skirted norms that many of his Chinese peers uphold. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret," 28 Nov. 2018 Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock Anderson and Rock (unsurprisingly) skirted a traditional church venue, choosing to tie the knot in 2006 on a yacht in Saint-Tropez. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "11 of the Most Unconventional Celebrity Weddings," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of skirt

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for skirt

Noun

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

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skirt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

skirt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of skirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to avoid (something) especially because it is difficult or will cause problems
: to lie or go along the edge of (something)

skirt

noun
\ ˈskərt How to pronounce skirt (audio) \

Kids Definition of skirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of clothing or part of a piece of clothing worn by women or girls that hangs from the waist down
2 : a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging

skirt

verb
skirted; skirting

Kids Definition of skirt (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to go or pass around or about the outer edge of Using the two-bladed paddle I quickly skirted the south part of the island.— Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
3 : to avoid for fear of difficulty She skirted the issue.

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