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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shirtverb

    a garment worn on the upper half of the body

  2. shirtverb

    put a shirt on


  1. shirtnoun

    An article of clothing that is worn on the upper part of the body, and often has sleeves, either long or short, that cover the arms.

  2. shirtnoun

    a member of the shirt-wearing team.

  3. Etymology: scyrte, from *skurtijōn. Cognate with Dutch schort, German Schürze. skirt is a parallel formation from Old Norse; compare also short, from the same ultimate source.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SHIRTnoun

    The under linen garment of a man.

    Etymology: shiert, Danish; scyrc, scyric , Saxon.

    Shift a shirt: the violence of action hath made you reek as a sacrifice. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I take but two shirts out with me, and I mean not to sweat extraordinarily William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    When we lay next us what we hold most dear,
    Like Hercules, envenom’d shirts we wear,
    And cleaving mischiefs. Dryden.

    Several persons in December had nothing over their shoulders but their shirts. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. To Shirtverb

    To cover; to clothe as in a shirt.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Ah! for so many souls, as but this morn
    Were cloath’d with flesh, and warm’d with vital blood,
    But naked now, or shirted but with air. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shirtnoun

    a loose under-garment for the upper part of the body, made of cotton, linen, or other material; -- formerly used of the under-garment of either sex, now commonly restricted to that worn by men and boys

  2. Shirt

    to cover or clothe with a shirt, or as with a shirt

  3. Etymology: [OE. schirte, sherte, schurte; akin to Icel. skyrta, Dan. skiorte, Sw. skjorta, Dan. skirt a petticoat, D. schort a petticoat, an argon, G. schurz, schrze, an argon; all probably from the root of E. short, as being originally a short garment. See Short, and cf. Skirt.]


  1. Shirt

    A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body. Originally an undergarment worn exclusively by men, it has become, in American English, a catch-all term for almost any garment other than outerwear such as sweaters, coats, jackets, or undergarments such as bras, vests or base layers. In British English, a shirt is more specifically a garment with a collar, sleeves with cuffs and a full vertical opening with buttons or snaps.. A shirt can also be worn with a necktie under the shirt collar.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shirt

    shėrt, n. a short garment worn next the body by men: an interior lining in a blast-furnace.—v.t. to cover as with a shirt.—ns. Shirt′-frill, a fine cambric frill worn in the early years of the 19th century on the breast of the shirt; Shirt′-front, that part of the shirt which is open and covers the breast, generally of finer material, starched stiffly; Shirt′ing, cloth for shirts: shirts collectively.—adj. Shirt′less, without a shirt.—ns. Shirt′-sleeve, the sleeve of a shirt; Shirt′-waist, a woman's overgarment or blouse, coming to the waist and belted there.—Bloody shirt, a blood-stained shirt, as the symbol of murder; Boiled shirt, a white shirt clean washed; In one's shirt-sleeves, without the coat. [Scand.; Ice. skyrtaskortr, shortness.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. SHIRT

    Every man's bosom friend.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shirt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3590

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shirt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2752

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shirt' in Nouns Frequency: #1207

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirt in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shirt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shirt in a Sentence

  1. James Ciaramello:

    So I went out to the store, I bought him it, and the next day, there on after, he came in with the uniform every day — T-shirt, uniform, everything.

  2. Dennis Roberts:

    We said,' Make sure Employee Cathy Scott look him in the eye.' I'm saying make sure Employee Cathy Scott give him a firm handshake, and she showed him... he tucked his shirt in.

  3. Anthon St Maarten:

    You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.

  4. Stuart Bee:

    I took my shirt off and waved it several times and I continued to do that until about 45 minutes later until the boat was close enough.

  5. Molly Bair:

    I would never think that a girl who spent most of her childhood with a unibrow, glasses and a Yoda shirt would be in Vogue Italia.

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