Definition of skirt in English:


Pronunciation /skərt/

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  • 1A garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs, worn by women and girls.

    1. 1.1The part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist.
    2. 1.2archaic An edge, border, or extreme part.
  • 2A surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft.

    1. 2.1The curtain that hangs round the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion.
  • 3An animal's diaphragm and other membranes as food.

    • ‘bits of beef skirt’
    1. 3.1British A cut of meat from the lower flank.
  • 4informal Women regarded as objects of sexual desire.

  • 5A small flap on a saddle, covering the bar from which the stirrup leather hangs.

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Go round or past the edge of.

    • ‘he did not go through the city but skirted it’
    go round, move round, walk round, circle, circumnavigate
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    1. 1.1Be situated along or around the edge of.
      • ‘the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattle’
      border, edge, flank, fringe, line, lie alongside
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    2. 1.2skirt along/aroundno object Go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it.
      • ‘the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hills’
  • 2Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with.

    ‘they are both skirting the issue’
    • ‘the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperation’
    avoid, evade, steer clear of, sidestep, dodge, circumvent, bypass, pass over, fight shy of
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Middle English from Old Norse skyrta ‘shirt’; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th century.