- The definition of a skirt is a garment that hangs below the waist, or something like a skirt that hangs down.
- An example of a skirt is the piece of clothing that young women wore in the 50's with a poodle on it; a poodle skirt.
- An example of a skirt is a flap hanging from a bed; a bed skirt.
- Skirt is defined as to avoid, or be on the edge of.
- An example of skirt is changing a topic of conversation in order to not answer a question.
- An example of skirt is walking along the shore of a lake.
skirt definition by Webster's New World
- that part of a dress, coat, robe, etc. that hangs below the waist
- a woman's garment of varying length that hangs down from the waist
- something like a skirt, as a flap hanging from the side of a saddle or one covering the legs of a sofa, chair, etc.
- the outer or bordering parts; outskirts, as of a city
- Slang a girl or woman: sometimes considered mildly offensive
Origin: Middle English ; from Old Norse skyrt, shirt, kirtle, akin to Old English scyrte, shirt
- to lie along or form the border or edge of
- to move along the edge of or pass around rather than through
- to miss narrowly
- to avoid (something controversial, difficult, etc.)
- to border or edge with something
- skirter noun
skirt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The part of a garment, such as a dress or coat, that hangs freely from the waist down.
- A garment hanging from the waist and worn by women and girls.
- A part or attachment resembling the skirt of a garment, especially:a. One of the leather flaps hanging from the side of a saddle.b. The lower outer section of a rocket vehicle.c. A flexible strip hanging from the base of an air-cushion vehicle.d. A piece of fabric that extends over or beyond something to afford protection.
- An outer edge; a border or margin: a base camp on the skirt of the mountain.
- skirts The edge, as of a town; the outskirts.
- Offensive Slang A woman.
- To lie along or form the edge of; border: the creek that skirts our property.
- To pass around rather than across or through: changed their course to skirt the storm.
- To pass close to; miss narrowly: The bullet skirted an artery.
- To evade, as by circumlocution: skirted the controversial issue.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse skyrta, shirt; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.