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skirt Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
  2. noun a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
  3. noun (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar
  4. noun informal terms for a (young) woman
    doll; wench; chick; bird; dame.
  5. verb avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    dodge; fudge; sidestep; evade; parry; elude; duck; hedge; circumvent; put off.
    • He dodged the issue
    • she skirted the problem
    • They tend to evade their responsibilities
    • he evaded the questions skillfully
  6. verb pass around or about; move along the border
    • The boat skirted the coast
  7. verb form the edge of
  8. verb extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
    ring; border; environ; surround.
    • The forest surrounds my property

Skirt noun
OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta a shirt, Sw. skört a skirt, skjorta a shirt. See Shirt.
  1. 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. A loose edging to any part of a dress. Obs.
    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.
  3. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything "Here in the skirts of the forest." Shak.
  4. A petticoat.
  5. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals. Dunglison.
Skirt transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Skirted; present participle & verbal noun Skirting
  1. To cover with a skirt; to surround.
    Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold. Milton.
  2. To border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the edge of; as, the plain was skirted by rows of trees. "When sundown skirts the moor." Tennyson.
Skirt transitive verb
  1. To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity.
    Savages . . . who skirt along our western frontiers. S. S. Smith.

Webster 1913

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