skirt

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noun

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 adjective

skirt

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verb

skirted; skirting; skirts

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 disasterEdith Wharton

intransitive verb

: to be, lie, or move along an edge or border
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Penelope Cruz wore an off-the-shoulder Chanel design with a full tulle skirt; Lily Gladstone chose a custom Armani halter gown in bright red fringe. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2024 The singer and actress, 81, glittered in a gold top and skirt combo layered under an open black jacket with complementary gold floral embroidery at the collar. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 The more casual top with ballgown skirt looks youthful and sophisticated. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2024 Her exquisite pink-ombré silk organza skirt partners with her movement and billows with tiers of flounce. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2024 Children’s dance attire regularly features strappy bra tops, sheer fabric and bikini bottoms, and popular cheer outfits combine sports bras with little skirts — part of a long-term trend toward more revealing clothing for girls. Michael H. Keller, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Woolen aprons, facing front or back, partially obscure slip skirts, closing with bows or floral appliques — the silken touches defy the male silhouette. Colleen Barry, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024 To finish the look, Z wore sheer black tights under her slim skirt and added a pair of black Louboutins. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2024 At one point, Lythgoe shoved his hand up Plaintiff’s skirt and penetrated her genitalia. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024
Verb
Threats from above The Russian and Ukrainian militaries each flood the sky with one-way attack drones that are inexpensive and able to skirt detection. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 Heather Lombardini faces multiple criminal charges of violating Michigan campaign finance law by soliciting contributions for the petition drive utilizing two nonprofits tied to Shirkey in order to skirt disclosure requirements, Nessel said. Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2024 But the pressure may also tempt him to skirt rules in the same vein of his predecessors. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Feb. 2024 Trails are planned that would skirt sensitive habitat, making the land a publicly accessible ecological life raft, starkly different from its time as a golf course. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Her statement-making pieces consisted of a top and skirt with a pair of brown knee high boots. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 11 Feb. 2024 Instead, Rodgers skirted around making an apology during his final scheduled appearance on McAfee’s show Tuesday. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 The outings came just a day before Keoghan skirted questions about his romance with Carpenter while signing autographs. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Russia is skirting international sanctions and its oil revenues help fund plentiful war spending. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skirt was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Skirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skirt. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

skirt

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a free-hanging part of a garment extending from the waist down
b
: a separate free-hanging garment usually worn by women and girls covering the body from the waist down
c
: either of two flaps on a saddle covering the bars on which the stirrups are hung
2
plural : outskirts
3
: a part or attachment serving as a rim, border, or edging

skirt

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to go or pass around or about
especially : to go around or keep away from in order to avoid danger or discovery
b
: to escape or miss by a narrow margin
2
: to be, lie, or move along an edge, border, or margin

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