Meaning of SKIRT in English


I. ˈskərt noun

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

Date: 14th century



(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


a. : the rim, periphery, or environs of an area

b. 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

• skirt·ed adjective

II. verb

Date: 1602

transitive verb

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


a. : to provide a skirt for

b. : to furnish a border or shield for


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

skirt ed the issue

c. : to evade or miss by a narrow margin

having skirt ed disaster — Edith Wharton

intransitive verb

: to be, lie, or move along an edge or border

• skirt·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.