- the usual sleeved garment worn by men on the upper part of the body, often under a coat or jacket, typically having a collar and a buttoned opening down the front
- a similar garment for women
Origin of shirtMiddle English shert from Old English scyrte (akin to German schürze, apron, Old Norse skyrta, shirt) from base of scort, short
keep one's shirt on
Slang to remain patient or calm
lose one's shirt
Slang to suffer the loss of all one's money, all one's investment, etc.
- A garment for the upper part of the body, typically having a collar, sleeves, and a front opening.
- An undershirt.
- A nightshirt.
Origin of shirtMiddle English shirte from Old English scyrte short garment ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present shirts, present participle shirting, simple past and past participle shirted)