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skirt

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noun \ˈskərt\

Definition of skirt

  1. 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 downb :  either of two usually leather flaps on a saddle covering the bars on which the stirrups are hungc :  a cloth facing that hangs from the bottom edge or across the front of a piece of furnitured :  the lower branches of a tree when near the ground

  2. 2a :  the rim, periphery, or environs of an areab plural :  outlying parts (as of a town or city)

  3. 3 :  a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging

  4. 4 slang :  a girl or woman

skirted

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.

Origin and Etymology of skirt

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Equestrian Terms


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skirt

verb

Definition of skirt

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to form or run along the border or edge of :  border

    2. 2a :  to provide a skirt forb :  to furnish a border or shield for

    3. 3a :  to go or pass around or about; specifically :  to go around or keep away from in order to avoid danger or discoveryb :  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>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  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.

    1602

    First Known Use of skirt

    1602



    SKIRT Defined for English Language Learners

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    skirt

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    noun \ˈskərt\

    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


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    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

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    noun \ˈskərt\

    Definition of skirt for Students

    1. 1 :  a piece of clothing or part of a piece of clothing worn by women or girls that hangs from the waist down

    2. 2 :  a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging


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    skirt

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    verb

    Definition of skirt for Students

    skirted

    skirting

    1. 1 :  2border 2

    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. 3 :  to avoid for fear of difficulty <She skirted the issue.>



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