Definitions for: Skirt


[n] a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
[n] cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
[n] informal terms for a (young) woman
[v] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
[v] extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property"
[v] pass around or about; move along the border; "The boat skirted the coast"
[v] form the edge or



Webster (1913) Definition: Skirt, n. [OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta
a shirt, Sw. sk["o]rt a skirt, skjorta a shirt. See Shirt.]
1. The lower and loose part of a coat, dress, or other like
garment; the part below the waist; as, the skirt of a
coat, a dress, or a mantle.

2. A loose edging to any part of a dress. [Obs.]

A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen,
which runs along the upper part of the stays before,
and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker,
is called the modesty piece. --Addison.

3. Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything ``Here in
the skirts of the forest.'' --Shak.

4. A petticoat.

5. The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals. --Dunglison.


Skirt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skirted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Skirting.]
1. To cover with a skirt; to surround.

Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold.
--Milton.

2. To border; to form the border or edge of; to run along the
edge of; as, the plain was skirted by rows of trees.
``When sundown skirts the moor.'' --Tennyson.


Skirt, v. t.
To be on the border; to live near the border, or extremity.

Savages . . . who skirt along our western frontiers.
--S. S. Smith.

Synonyms: bird, border, chick, circumvent, dame, dodge, doll, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, surround, wench

See Also: adjoin, avoid, ballet skirt, border, bound, box pleat, cloth covering, contact, crinoline, culotte, culottes, enclose, fille, fringe, full skirt, garment, gathered skirt, gird, girdle, girl, go by, go past, grass skirt, hem in, hemline, hobble skirt, hoopskirt, inclose, kick pleat, kilt, lap, lap covering, lavalava, meet, miss, missy, overskirt, pass, pass by, placket, quibble, sarong, seat, shut in, slide fastener, sunburst pleat, sunray pleat, surpass, touch, travel by, tutu, young lady, young woman, zip, zip-fastener, zipper

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