Definition of skirt in English:



  • 1A woman's outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs.

    • ‘Madison straightened out her black mini skirt and matching camisole and exited the car.’
    • ‘She glanced down at her knee-length blue denim skirt and long white sweater, and sighed.’
    • ‘Sighing, she straighten out her mini white skirt before turning around.’
    • ‘I straightened my blue jean skirt, and raised my hand to knock on the door, when it opened.’
    • ‘After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.’
    • ‘At the sound of the girls' skirts rustling, the men gave a start and began expressing their disapproval.’
    • ‘I normally wear plaid skirts with a plain white blouse.’
    • ‘Jean tries to keep her patience by smoothing her suede leather skirt.’
    • ‘The tiered A-line skirt will attract your cabana boy's attention without the need for finger snapping.’
    • ‘She smoothed her plaid skirt, adjusting any wrinkles or valleys that had been created.’
    • ‘I wore a short black leather skirt and a spaghetti strap tank top.’
    • ‘She was wearing a knee-length dark blue jean skirt with a front slit and a blue backless top.’
    • ‘Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.’
    • ‘Claire stepped into her short pleated denim skirt that she had altered herself.’
    • ‘I had on a knee-length faded jean skirt with a red halter top.’
    • ‘She pulled on her pink leather skirt with a white shirt and rooted around for her shoes.’
    • ‘Chelsea ended up in a black pleated mini skirt with a tight red shirt that tied around the back.’
    • ‘She basically always wore an ankle length khaki skirt and a pale green sweater that always accentuated her hazel eyes.’
    • ‘As she stepped out of the room, her hoop skirt swishing slightly, she ran into Drew.’
    • ‘Damien felt himself staring, she was wearing a short pleated denim skirt and her bikini.’
    1. 1.1 The part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist.
      • ‘She grabbed the flint out of the pocket of her trousers and slipped it into the small pocket in the skirt of her dress after giving her sister a hug.’
      • ‘Then there are these gorgeous gorgeous heavenly dresses with their flowing skirts and soft dove grey colors.’
      • ‘The full length skirt of the dress flowed out, brushing the floor.’
      • ‘It was a sleeveless dress and the skirt was long and flowing.’
      • ‘It's a blue-grey tulle dress with a sequins-spattered skirt and sheer camisole top.’
      • ‘Her tunic hung loosely around her as she adjusted her long skirt around her waist.’
      • ‘The bodice hugged my form and the skirt flared to give me enough room to run.’
      • ‘The dress had a beautiful A line skirt and a strapless bodice that had dark pink beaded designs on it.’
      • ‘She smoothed out the long skirt of her gown and waited for Thomas to stand.’
      • ‘When I stand my hands rest on the netted skirt of the gown.’
      • ‘Her cerise dress had narrow skirts and large, puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘I pulled the skirt of my dress back down, readjusted the bodice so that it wasn't so twisted.’
      • ‘She was dressed in a style I had only seen in old portraits, a stiff black dress with flaring skirts and a lace-ornamented stomacher.’
      • ‘Amelia wore pretty dresses with full skirts and small waists with short jackets and fanned pumps.’
      • ‘I adjusted the skirt of my green gown.’
      • ‘Amy adjusted Sara's coat over the skirt of her blue dress before turning for the scarf.’
      • ‘The lapels of the coat extend beyond the skirt, and halt at my mid-shin.’
    2. 1.2archaic An edge, border, or extreme part.
  • 2informal mass noun Women regarded as objects of sexual desire.

    ‘so, Sandro, off to chase some skirt?’
    • ‘He was here, with her this very instant, and he wasn't leaving to go chase some skirt.’
    • ‘Dad told me you were quite a skirt chaser when you were in high school.’
    • ‘He was chasing skirt and snorting booze, hoovering up every kind of sin and excess he could lay his gauntlets on.’
    • ‘No, he was a skirt chaser of the worse kind.’
  • 3A surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft.

    • ‘The exterior is also enhanced with deep side skirts, flared wheel arches and two-tone bumpers.’
    • ‘It was leaded and lowered, with Moon hubs and full fender skirts; zero to sixty in just a few.’
    • ‘On the outside the 888 has new wheel arches, side skirts, chassis and an odd-looking rear spoiler.’
    • ‘Furio and VTR models feature body colour-painted bumpers, skirts and rear spoiler, while the two-tone sports seats provide extra support.’
    • ‘In a move to attract younger drivers, the T3 grade hatchbacks have dedicated 15-inch alloy wheels, side and rear skirts and front fog lamps.’
    • ‘Pistons are jet cooled on the underside and piston skirts have a special coating to assure a smooth break-in period.’
    • ‘A front spoiler, side skirts, radiator grille and sports exhaust with a specially-designed heat shield give the cabrio Brabus an elegant look.’
    • ‘Modifications extend far beyond the engine bay and include lowered suspension, side skirts or spoilers.’
    • ‘It was painted metallic mauve and had skirts over the wheel wells and dice sponges hanging from the rearview mirror.’
    • ‘I decided to remove the Westin Nerf Bars that I had and add a Street Scene bumper, side skirts and custom grille.’
    • ‘Slender headlamps and a new tail lamp cluster add a dash of elegance while a trendy side skirt shows off alloy wheels.’
    • ‘Sprung armour side skirts protect the wheels and tracks.’
    • ‘The upper part of the suspension is covered by a protective skirt.’
    • ‘Body modifications include a high-rise hood, deep side skirts and cooling ducts ahead of the rear wheels.’
    • ‘There was a lot of emphasis on the cuts and the skirts were streamlined.’
    • ‘Besides its backside, the front is featuring a wider bumper that incorporates side skirts and a huge air inlet.’
    • ‘Side skirts and new alloy wheels complete the changes.’
    1. 3.1 The curtain that hangs round the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion.
  • 4mass noun An animal's diaphragm and other membranes as food.

    ‘bits of beef skirt’
    • ‘Choose lean beef such as topside, silverside or skirt (also known as bavette in Scotland) and ask the butcher to cut the slices as thin as possible.’
    1. 4.1British count noun A cut of meat from the lower flank.
  • 5A small flap on a saddle, covering the bar from which the stirrup leather hangs.

    • ‘If the saddle or the blanket is too long at the skirt it too may be rubbing her at the hip bone area.’
    • ‘I pulled myself slowly into the saddle, arranging the skirts carefully.’


  • 1Go round or past the edge of.

    ‘he did not go through the city but skirted it’
    • ‘He skirted past the man and strode down the hall.’
    • ‘If you are walking, you can skirt round the edge of the crag and follow some steps to rejoin the path.’
    • ‘Ever afterwards, they skirted the boundaries of our property as if we'd wired the perimeter with high-voltage electricity.’
    • ‘They will follow the tiny paths over the mountains and through the famous vineyards of Rioja before skirting the cities of Burgos, Leon and Lugo.’
    • ‘So we try to skirt past this lot, and find ourselves in the church of furniture, the calm haven that is Habitat.’
    • ‘Oh, look, they just bumped hips skirting around that table.’
    • ‘The two men rushed rapidly down the halls, skirting past servants and other court members.’
    • ‘We conducted a night move to skirt the city and get through the Karbala Gap.’
    • ‘In certain neighborhoods of Havana and the villages skirting the city, cherubic black Marys and Christs are worshipped.’
    • ‘He averted her gaze and skirted past her down the path she had come from, towards the bathroom.’
    • ‘It's possible Doc sought to ride us round them, skirting their flank without looking left nor right to acknowledge their being there.’
    • ‘The uphill putt just skirts the left edge and Woods taps in for par.’
    • ‘He did not have the time to skirt round all the walls looking for a way out.’
    • ‘On my way out, I carefully skirted a group of bikers playing a rowdy game of pool.’
    • ‘Kook stood up and skirted the round table till he came to the small black oven that stood behind Taterra.’
    • ‘Crichton novels often skirt the boundary between science fiction and reality.’
    • ‘He skirted round a large stone on the path, not wanting to trip and lose his place.’
    • ‘Of course under some circumstances you find yourself skirting the edge of obscurantism.’
    • ‘The price of oil slipped below $US 60 a barrel as Hurricane Dennis skirted past refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.’
    go round, move round, walk round, circle, circumnavigate
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    1. 1.1 Be situated along or around the edge of.
      ‘the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattle’
      • ‘Just outside the Utica airport's perimeter is a county highway that skirts the end of the main runway.’
      • ‘The ‘road’ along Jomtien Beach was a stretch of unpaved dirt that skirted long lines of swaying palm trees.’
      • ‘The South course winds through terraced canyons and skirts ocean cliff edges before finishing on a very challenging par 4.’
      • ‘At this time of year she may be just South, along the glades that skirt the woods.’
      • ‘Along the scenic route skirting the rim we stopped at every lookout to gaze at the fantastic scenery.’
      • ‘Stay on this as it skirts Orielton Field Centre then heads south down into a small valley.’
      • ‘We also leased horses and went along a shaded path skirted by a stream.’
      • ‘The highway skirted the shoreline, winding as it dipped beneath a sea of swaying grass.’
      • ‘He walked along the path that skirted the building.’
      • ‘One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.’
      • ‘The highway skirts the border between mountains and high desert.’
      • ‘It would skirt Northcliffe Playing fields and pass under or over Bradford Road at the Branch pub.’
      • ‘His current quarry had turned north to skirt the edge of the extensive lawn.’
      border, edge, flank, fringe, line, lie alongside
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    2. 1.2skirt along/aroundno object Go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it.
      ‘the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hills’
      • ‘They all responded by skirting around the issue trying not to point of the finger of blame.’
      • ‘But let me make one point that people seem to skirt around.’
      • ‘I'm really skirting around the issue here, because I'm afraid to say it.’
      • ‘Their parents used them to skirt around the legal limit of $1,000 that any individual can give to a particular candidate.’
      • ‘I went out of my way to walk right through a puddle, rather than skirt around it.’
      • ‘We skirted around water buffalo, flocks of chickens and barking dogs.’
      • ‘You often skirt around the ‘universal health care’ sacred cow.’
      • ‘But the solution does not lie in skirting around the edges of the problem, but rather, diving directly in.’
      • ‘Soon they were skirting along the coast towards Louisburgh as bonfires blazed along the road.’
      • ‘The path skirts around the hillside and soon reaches a wall gap by pylons.’
  • 2Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with.

    ‘they are both skirting the issue’
    no object ‘the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperation’
    • ‘They employ the foul the wing back tactic more than most teams and their toughness skirts on the legality border.’
    • ‘Media coverage of hot-button issues usually skirts this aspect of them.’
    • ‘They skirt the law by being careful not to advocate voting for or against any candidate.’
    • ‘Recent researchers have been less reductionist and more sympathetic than Adorno, but they too have skirted round the audience.’
    • ‘Hewlett skirts this issue, by concentrating on practicalities.’
    • ‘The bill was drafted in an attempt to skirt constitutional concerns.’
    • ‘He skirts the road-legality issue by informing customers that his bikes are sold for recreation, not transportation.’
    • ‘I thus contend that, on this matter, Volokh is skirting the central issue.’
    • ‘The time seems to have come for Japan to stop skirting this essential question.’
    • ‘Mac wasn't ready to deal with that so he skirted the question.’
    • ‘The new film just seems to be skirting round things; it hasn't been brave enough.’
    • ‘We are next door, enjoying a glass of wine, skirting round the topic of the missing Christmas lights.’
    • ‘Further skirting round a definition of jazz, Dyer drops this fabulous description of Thelonius Monk approaching the piano.’
    • ‘"They skirt the usury laws by saying it's not a loan, " Nixon said.’
    • ‘This is despite the likes of the Washington Post delicately skirting round the direct quote.’
    • ‘His ears pounded and his lips trembled, but Tony didn't skirt around anything.’
    • ‘Canseco's charges were met with outright denials or responses that skirted the issue.’
    • ‘While uncomfortable with the question the Tánaiste skirted round it nicely and the matter was dropped.’
    • ‘My clever ploy of skirting the issue with talks of tutoring hadn't worked.’
    • ‘‘I thought you didn't want to talk about it,’ Brett replied, skirting past the real discussion on hand.’
    avoid, evade, steer clear of, sidestep, dodge, circumvent, bypass, pass over, fight shy of
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Middle English: from Old Norse skyrta ‘shirt’; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th century.