What does skirt mean?

Definitions for skirt

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word skirt.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skirtnoun

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

  2. skirtnoun

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

  3. annulus, skirtnoun

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

  4. dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, birdverb

    informal terms for a (young) woman

  5. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestepverb

    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. skirtverb

    pass around or about; move along the border

    "The boat skirted the coast"

  7. skirtverb

    form the edge of

  8. surround, environ, ring, skirt, borderverb

    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

    "The forest surrounds my property"


  1. skirtnoun

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

  2. skirtnoun

    A woman.

  3. skirtnoun

    A part that serves as a border or edging.

  4. skirtverb

    To be on or form the border of.

  5. skirtverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Skirtnoun

    Etymology: skiorte, Swedish.

    It’s but a nightgown in respect of yours; cloth of gold and cuts, side sleeves and skirts, round underborne with a bluish tinsel. William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.

    As Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the shirt of his mantle, and it rent. 1 Sa. xv. 27.

    A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty-piece. Addison.

    He should seat himself at Athie, upon the skirt of that unquiet country. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Ye mists, that rise
    From hill or steaming lake, dusky or grey,
    ’Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
    In honour to the world’s great Author rise. John Milton.

    Though I fled him angry, yet recall’d
    To life prolong’d, and promis’d race, I now
    Gladly behold, though but his utmost skirts
    Of glory, and far off his steps adore. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    The northern skirts that join to Syria have entered into the conquests or commerce of the four great empires; but that which seems to have secured the other is the stony and sandy desarts, through which no army can pass. William Temple.

    Upon the skirts
    Of Arragon our squander’d troops he rallies. Dryden.

  2. To Skirtverb

    To border; to run along the edge.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Temple skirteth this hundred on the waste side. Carew.

    Of all these bounds,
    With shadowy forests and with champions rich’d,
    With plenteous rivers and wide skirted meads,
    We make thee lady. William Shakespeare.

    The middle pair
    Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold. John Milton.

    A spacious circuit on the hill there stood,
    Level and wide, and skirted round with wood. Addison.


  1. Skirt

    A skirt is the lower part of a dress or a separate outer garment that covers a person from the waist downwards.At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of fabric (such as pareos). However, most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist or hips and fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of darts, 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. In modern times, skirts are very commonly worn by women and girls. Some exceptions include the izaar, worn by many Muslim cultures, and the kilt, a traditional men's garment in Scotland, Ireland, and sometimes England. Fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo and Marc Jacobs have also shown men's skirts. Transgressing social codes, Gaultier frequently introduces the skirt into his men's wear collections as a means of injecting novelty into male attire, most famously the sarong seen on David Beckham.The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer's personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as fashion and social context. Most skirts are complete garments, but some skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings, shorts, and swimsuits.


  1. skirt

    A skirt is a piece of clothing that is worn around the waist and hangs down covering part or all of the lower body. It is typically a garment worn by women, but in some cultures and historical periods, it has also been worn by men. Skirts can vary in length, design, and style, from mini to maxi skirts, pleated to pencil styles. They may be separate pieces or part of a one-piece dress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skirtnoun

    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. Skirtnoun

    a loose edging to any part of a dress

  3. Skirtnoun

    border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything

  4. Skirtnoun

    a petticoat

  5. Skirtnoun

    the diaphragm, or midriff, in animals

  6. Skirtverb

    to cover with a skirt; to surround

  7. Skirtverb

    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. Skirtverb

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

  9. Etymology: [OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta a shirt, Sw. skrt a skirt, skjorta a shirt. See Shirt.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skirt

    skėrt, n. the part of a garment below the waist: a woman's garment like a petticoat: the edge of any part of the dress: border: margin: extreme part.—v.t. to border: to form the edge of.—v.i. to be on the border: to live near the extremity.—ns. Skirt′-danc′ing, a form of ballet-dancing in which the flowing skirts are waved about in the hands; Skir′ter, a huntsman who dodges his jumps by going round about; Skir′ting, strong material made up in lengths for women's skirts: skirting-board; Skir′ting-board, the narrow board next the floor round the walls of a room.—Divided skirt, a skirt in the form of loose trousers. [Scand., Ice. skyrta, a shirt. A doublet of shirt.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. skirtnoun

    A female.

Editors Contribution

  1. skirt

    A form of clothing.

    The school skirt was modest and practical.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skirt in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skirt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of skirt in a Sentence

  1. Lady Gaga:

    That's why that album was successful, because I was able to write some music that wasn't made while I had the fear of God in me, pulling my skirt down in a studio because men were shoving their hands up my dress.

  2. Diana Walker:

    [Clinton is] on her way and she's stopped in her tracks when she sees the length of Chelsea's skirt, it was one of those kinds of private, funny, delicious moments.

  3. Jason Chaffetz:

    We need to weed out those who risk our national security, embarrass the county, and skirt the law, this needs to end.

  4. John Aristizabal:

    People laugh and ask why I'm wearing a skirt, it's all for the kids, to catch a smile.

  5. Ali Vaez:

    Some Iranian leaders believe that in case of failure, they can count on their neighbors to skirt the sanctions and bank on big power rivalries to undercut the restrictions, but this strategy's success is far from certain, likewise, Russia and China have repeatedly sided with the West in isolating Iran. Similarly doubtful is how much more the economy could recover without meaningful sanctions relief, amidst plummeting oil prices.

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