Definition of skirt in English:


Syllabification: skirt
Pronunciation: /skərt


  • 1A woman’s outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs.
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    • After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.
    • She was wearing a knee-length dark blue jean skirt with a front slit and a blue backless top.
    • Damien felt himself staring, she was wearing a short pleated denim skirt and her bikini.
  • 1.1The part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist.
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    • Amy adjusted Sara's coat over the skirt of her blue dress before turning for the scarf.
    • Her cerise dress had narrow skirts and large, puffed sleeves.
    • Amelia wore pretty dresses with full skirts and small waists with short jackets and fanned pumps.
  • 1.2 informal A woman or women regarded as objects of sexual desire: so, Al, off to chase some skirt?
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    • He was here, with her this very instant, and he wasn't leaving to go chase some skirt.
    • He was chasing skirt and snorting booze, hoovering up every kind of sin and excess he could lay his gauntlets on.
    • No, he was a skirt chaser of the worse kind.
  • 1.3The curtain that hangs around the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion.
  • 1.4A surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft.
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    • Sprung armour side skirts protect the wheels and tracks.
    • On the outside the 888 has new wheel arches, side skirts, chassis and an odd-looking rear spoiler.
    • Side skirts and new alloy wheels complete the changes.
  • 1.5A small flap on a saddle, covering the bar from which the stirrup leather hangs.
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    • I pulled myself slowly into the saddle, arranging the skirts carefully.
    • If the saddle or the blanket is too long at the skirt it too may be rubbing her at the hip bone area.
  • 1.6 archaic An edge, border, or extreme part. Compare with outskirts.


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  • 1Go around or past the edge of: he did not go through the city but skirted it
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    • If you are walking, you can skirt round the edge of the crag and follow some steps to rejoin the path.
    • Kook stood up and skirted the round table till he came to the small black oven that stood behind Taterra.
    • He did not have the time to skirt round all the walls looking for a way out.
    go around, walk around, circle
  • 1.1Be situated along or around the edge of: the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattle
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    • Along the scenic route skirting the rim we stopped at every lookout to gaze at the fantastic scenery.
    • We also leased horses and went along a shaded path skirted by a stream.
    • One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.
    border, edge, flank, line, lie alongside
  • 1.2 [no object] (skirt along/around) Go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it: the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hills
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    • I went out of my way to walk right through a puddle, rather than skirt around it.
    • Soon they were skirting along the coast towards Louisburgh as bonfires blazed along the road.
    • But the solution does not lie in skirting around the edges of the problem, but rather, diving directly in.
  • 1.3Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with: there was a subject she was always skirting [no object]: the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperation
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    • The bill was drafted in an attempt to skirt constitutional concerns.
    • He skirts the road-legality issue by informing customers that his bikes are sold for recreation, not transportation.
    • Media coverage of hot-button issues usually skirts this aspect of them.
    avoid, evade, sidestep, dodge, pass over, gloss over
    informal duck



[in combination]: a full-skirted dress


Middle English: from Old Norse skyrta 'shirt'; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th century.

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