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skirt

noun \ ˈskərt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of skirt

1 a (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
2 a : 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

skirted

play \ˈskər-təd\ adjective

Examples of skirt in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of skirt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of skirt

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

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skirt

verb

Definition of skirt

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

skirter

noun

Examples of skirt in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of skirt from the Web

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First Known Use of skirt

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SKIRT Defined for English Language Learners

skirt

noun

Definition of skirt for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of skirt for English Language Learners

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

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


SKIRT Defined for Kids

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skirt

noun \ ˈskərt \

Definition of skirt for Students

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

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skirt

verb

Definition of skirt for Students

skirted; skirting
1 : 2border 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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