- 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
in one's shirt sleeves
keep one's shirt on☆
lose one's shirt
- 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)
From Old English scyrte, from Proto-Germanic *skurtijǭ. Cognate with Dutch schort, German Schürze (“apron”). Skirt is a parallel formation from Old Norse; compare also short, from the same ultimate source.