Definitions for SKIRTskɜrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the part of a gown, dress, or coat that extends downward from the waist.

    Category: Clothing

  2. a one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn esp. by women and girls.

    Category: Clothing

  3. some part resembling or suggesting the skirt of a garment, as the flared lip of a bell.

  4. a small leather flap on each side of a saddle, covering the metal bar from which the stirrup hangs.

  5. a flat, horizontal wooden piece, often ornamental, set immediately beneath a tabletop, chair seat, base of a chest of drawers, etc., and extending between the legs.

    Category: Furniture

    Ref: Also called apron.

  6. a cloth flounce or valance fitting around the sides of a bed, couch, or chair, as to conceal the legs.

    Category: Furniture

  7. Usu., skirts. the bordering, marginal, or outlying part of a place, group, etc.; outskirts.

  8. Older Slang: Usually Offensive.a woman or girl.

    Category: Status (usage), Sexuality

  9. (v.t.)to lie on or along the border of:

    The hills skirt the town.

  10. to pass along or around the border or edge of:

    Traffic skirts the monument.

  11. to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something controversial, risky, etc.).

  12. to wrap or cover with or as if with a skirt.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  13. (v.i.)to be or lie on or along the edge of something.

  14. to move along or around the border of something.

* Usage: Definition 8 , though rarely used today, is usually perceived as insulting.

Origin of skirt:

1250–1300; ME skirte < ON skyrtashirt


Princeton's WordNet

  1. skirt(noun)

    cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist

  2. skirt(noun)

    a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women

  3. annulus, skirt(noun)

    (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar

  4. dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, bird(verb)

    informal terms for a (young) woman

  5. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep(verb)

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"

  6. skirt(verb)

    pass around or about; move along the border

    "The boat skirted the coast"

  7. skirt(verb)

    form the edge of

  8. surround, environ, ring, skirt, border(verb)

    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

    "The forest surrounds my property"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. skirt(noun)ɜrt

    a piece of girls' or women's clothing that hangs from the waist and covers part or all of the legs

    a long/short skirt


  1. skirt(Noun)

    The part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist.

  2. skirt(Noun)

    A woman.

  3. skirt(Noun)

    A part that serves as a border or edging.

  4. skirt(Verb)

    To be on or form the border of.

  5. skirt(Verb)

    To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.

  6. Origin: From skyrta, from skurtijōn. Compare .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skirt(noun)

    the lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like garment; the part below the waist; as, the skirt of a coat, a dress, or a mantle

  2. Skirt(noun)

    a loose edging to any part of a dress

  3. Skirt(noun)

    border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything

  4. Skirt(noun)

    a petticoat

  5. Skirt(noun)

    the diaphragm, or midriff, in animals

  6. Skirt(verb)

    to cover with a skirt; to surround

  7. Skirt(verb)

    to border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the edge of; as, the plain was skirted by rows of trees

  8. Skirt(verb)

    to be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity


  1. Skirt

    A skirt is a tube- or cone-shaped garment that hangs from the waist and covers all or part of the legs. In the western world, skirts are usually considered women's clothing. However, there are exceptions. The kilt is a traditional men's garment in Scotland and Ireland, and some fashion designers, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, have shown men's skirts. At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material, but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist and fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of dart, gores, pleats, or panels. Modern skirts are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics, such as denim, jersey, worsted, or poplin. Skirts of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better and for modesty. The hemline of skirts varies according to the personal taste of the wearer which can be influenced by such factors as social context, fashion, and cultural conceptions of modesty. Some medieval upper-class women wore skirts over three metres in diameter at the bottom. At the other extreme, the miniskirts of the 1960s were minimal garments that may have barely covered the underwear when seated.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIRT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3884

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIRT' in Nouns Frequency: #1815

Translations for SKIRT

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a garment, worn by women, that hangs from the waist

Was she wearing trousers or a skirt?

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