petticoat[pet′ē kōt′, pet′i-]
- a skirt, now esp. an underskirt often trimmed at the hemline as with lace or ruffles, worn by women and girls
- something resembling a petticoat
- Informal a woman or girl
Origin of petticoatMiddle English petycote: see petty and amp; coat
of or by women; female: petticoat government
A girl's or woman's undergarment, worn under a dress or skirt, that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace. Also called pettiskirt.
Relating to or characteristic of women.
Origin of petticoatMiddle English peticote : peti, small; see petty + cote, coat; see coat.
- (historical) A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
- (historical) A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
- (archaic or historical) A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
- A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.