Definition of skirt in English:

skirt

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Pronunciation: /skəːt
 
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noun

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.
2 [mass noun] informal Women regarded as objects of sexual desire: so, Sandro, 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.
3A 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.
3.1The curtain that hangs round the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion.
4 [mass noun] An animal’s diaphragm and other membranes as food: bits of beef skirt
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  • Choose lean beef such as topside, silverside or skirt (also known as bavette in Scotland) and ask the butcher to cut the slices as thin as possible.
4.1 [count noun] British A cut of meat from the lower flank.
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.

verb

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1Go round 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.
Synonyms
go round, move round, walk round, circle, circumnavigate
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.
Synonyms
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.
2Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with: they are both skirting the issue [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.
Synonyms
avoid, evade, steer clear of, sidestep, dodge, circumvent, bypass, pass over, fight shy of; ignore, overlook, gloss over, fail to mention
informal duck
Australian/New Zealand informal duck-shove

Origin

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

Derivatives

skirted

adjective
[in combination]: a full-skirted dress

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