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 basically always wore an ankle length khaki skirt and a pale green sweater that always accentuated her hazel eyes.’
    • ‘She pulled on her pink leather skirt with a white shirt and rooted around for her shoes.’
    • ‘She glanced down at her knee-length blue denim skirt and long white sweater, and sighed.’
    • ‘Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.’
    • ‘After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.’
    • ‘As she stepped out of the room, her hoop skirt swishing slightly, she ran into Drew.’
    • ‘I normally wear plaid skirts with a plain white blouse.’
    • ‘She was wearing a knee-length dark blue jean skirt with a front slit and a blue backless top.’
    • ‘Jean tries to keep her patience by smoothing her suede leather skirt.’
    • ‘Chelsea ended up in a black pleated mini skirt with a tight red shirt that tied around the back.’
    • ‘I wore a short black leather skirt and a spaghetti strap tank top.’
    • ‘The tiered A-line skirt will attract your cabana boy's attention without the need for finger snapping.’
    • ‘At the sound of the girls' skirts rustling, the men gave a start and began expressing their disapproval.’
    • ‘I had on a knee-length faded jean skirt with a red halter top.’
    • ‘Claire stepped into her short pleated denim skirt that she had altered herself.’
    • ‘I straightened my blue jean skirt, and raised my hand to knock on the door, when it opened.’
    • ‘She smoothed her plaid skirt, adjusting any wrinkles or valleys that had been created.’
    • ‘Damien felt himself staring, she was wearing a short pleated denim skirt and her bikini.’
    • ‘Sighing, she straighten out her mini white skirt before turning around.’
    1. 1.1The part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist.
      • ‘She smoothed out the long skirt of her gown and waited for Thomas to stand.’
      • ‘The bodice hugged my form and the skirt flared to give me enough room to run.’
      • ‘When I stand my hands rest on the netted skirt of the gown.’
      • ‘I adjusted the skirt of my green gown.’
      • ‘I pulled the skirt of my dress back down, readjusted the bodice so that it wasn't so twisted.’
      • ‘It's a blue-grey tulle dress with a sequins-spattered skirt and sheer camisole top.’
      • ‘Her cerise dress had narrow skirts and large, puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lapels of the coat extend beyond the skirt, and halt at my mid-shin.’
      • ‘Amy adjusted Sara's coat over the skirt of her blue dress before turning for the scarf.’
      • ‘Amelia wore pretty dresses with full skirts and small waists with short jackets and fanned pumps.’
      • ‘The full length skirt of the dress flowed out, brushing the floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a sleeveless dress and the skirt was long and flowing.’
      • ‘The dress had a beautiful A line skirt and a strapless bodice that had dark pink beaded designs on it.’
      • ‘Then there are these gorgeous gorgeous heavenly dresses with their flowing skirts and soft dove grey colors.’
      • ‘Her tunic hung loosely around her as she adjusted her long skirt around her waist.’
    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 chasing skirt and snorting booze, hoovering up every kind of sin and excess he could lay his gauntlets on.’
    • ‘Dad told me you were quite a skirt chaser when you were in high school.’
    • ‘No, he was a skirt chaser of the worse kind.’
    • ‘He was here, with her this very instant, and he wasn't leaving to go chase some skirt.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘Body modifications include a high-rise hood, deep side skirts and cooling ducts ahead of the rear wheels.’
    • ‘The upper part of the suspension is covered by a protective skirt.’
    • ‘It was leaded and lowered, with Moon hubs and full fender skirts; zero to sixty in just a few.’
    • ‘Slender headlamps and a new tail lamp cluster add a dash of elegance while a trendy side skirt shows off alloy wheels.’
    • ‘Pistons are jet cooled on the underside and piston skirts have a special coating to assure a smooth break-in period.’
    • ‘There was a lot of emphasis on the cuts and the skirts were streamlined.’
    • ‘On the outside the 888 has new wheel arches, side skirts, chassis and an odd-looking rear spoiler.’
    • ‘Besides its backside, the front is featuring a wider bumper that incorporates side skirts and a huge air inlet.’
    • ‘Sprung armour side skirts protect the wheels and tracks.’
    • ‘Modifications extend far beyond the engine bay and include lowered suspension, side skirts or spoilers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I decided to remove the Westin Nerf Bars that I had and add a Street Scene bumper, side skirts and custom grille.’
    • ‘Side skirts and new alloy wheels complete the changes.’
    • ‘It was painted metallic mauve and had skirts over the wheel wells and dice sponges hanging from the rearview mirror.’
    • ‘Furio and VTR models feature body colour-painted bumpers, skirts and rear spoiler, while the two-tone sports seats provide extra support.’
    • ‘A front spoiler, side skirts, radiator grille and sports exhaust with a specially-designed heat shield give the cabrio Brabus an elegant look.’
    1. 3.1The curtain that hangs round the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion.
  • 4[mass 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’
    • ‘Crichton novels often skirt the boundary between science fiction and reality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The price of oil slipped below $US 60 a barrel as Hurricane Dennis skirted past refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.’
    • ‘He skirted round a large stone on the path, not wanting to trip and lose his place.’
    • ‘He averted her gaze and skirted past her down the path she had come from, towards the bathroom.’
    • ‘If you are walking, you can skirt round the edge of the crag and follow some steps to rejoin the path.’
    • ‘The uphill putt just skirts the left edge and Woods taps in for par.’
    • ‘On my way out, I carefully skirted a group of bikers playing a rowdy game of pool.’
    • ‘Ever afterwards, they skirted the boundaries of our property as if we'd wired the perimeter with high-voltage electricity.’
    • ‘We conducted a night move to skirt the city and get through the Karbala Gap.’
    • ‘Kook stood up and skirted the round table till he came to the small black oven that stood behind Taterra.’
    • ‘In certain neighborhoods of Havana and the villages skirting the city, cherubic black Marys and Christs are worshipped.’
    • ‘He did not have the time to skirt round all the walls looking for a way out.’
    • ‘Of course under some circumstances you find yourself skirting the edge of obscurantism.’
    • ‘It's possible Doc sought to ride us round them, skirting their flank without looking left nor right to acknowledge their being there.’
    • ‘He skirted past the man and strode down the hall.’
    • ‘So we try to skirt past this lot, and find ourselves in the church of furniture, the calm haven that is Habitat.’
    • ‘The two men rushed rapidly down the halls, skirting past servants and other court members.’
    • ‘Oh, look, they just bumped hips skirting around that table.’
    go round, move round, walk round, circle, circumnavigate
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    1. 1.1Be situated along or around the edge of.
      ‘the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattle’
      • ‘The highway skirted the shoreline, winding as it dipped beneath a sea of swaying grass.’
      • ‘The highway skirts the border between mountains and high desert.’
      • ‘His current quarry had turned north to skirt the edge of the extensive lawn.’
      • ‘He walked along the path that skirted the building.’
      • ‘It would skirt Northcliffe Playing fields and pass under or over Bradford Road at the Branch pub.’
      • ‘The ‘road’ along Jomtien Beach was a stretch of unpaved dirt that skirted long lines of swaying palm trees.’
      • ‘Along the scenic route skirting the rim we stopped at every lookout to gaze at the fantastic scenery.’
      • ‘We also leased horses and went along a shaded path skirted by a stream.’
      • ‘Just outside the Utica airport's perimeter is a county highway that skirts the end of the main runway.’
      • ‘Stay on this as it skirts Orielton Field Centre then heads south down into a small valley.’
      • ‘At this time of year she may be just South, along the glades that skirt the woods.’
      • ‘The South course winds through terraced canyons and skirts ocean cliff edges before finishing on a very challenging par 4.’
      • ‘One field skirted the edge of a primary school, which was fenced off with barbed wire and guard posts.’
      border, edge, flank, fringe, line, lie alongside
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    2. 1.2[no object]Go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it.
      ‘the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hills’
      • ‘I'm really skirting around the issue here, because I'm afraid to say it.’
      • ‘But let me make one point that people seem to skirt around.’
      • ‘We skirted around water buffalo, flocks of chickens and barking dogs.’
      • ‘Soon they were skirting along the coast towards Louisburgh as bonfires blazed along the road.’
      • ‘Their parents used them to skirt around the legal limit of $1,000 that any individual can give to a particular candidate.’
      • ‘You often skirt around the ‘universal health care’ sacred cow.’
      • ‘They all responded by skirting around the issue trying not to point of the finger of blame.’
      • ‘But the solution does not lie in skirting around the edges of the problem, but rather, diving directly in.’
      • ‘The path skirts around the hillside and soon reaches a wall gap by pylons.’
      • ‘I went out of my way to walk right through a puddle, rather than skirt around it.’
  • 2Attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with.

    ‘they are both skirting the issue’
    [no object] ‘the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperation’
    • ‘While uncomfortable with the question the Tánaiste skirted round it nicely and the matter was dropped.’
    • ‘They employ the foul the wing back tactic more than most teams and their toughness skirts on the legality border.’
    • ‘My clever ploy of skirting the issue with talks of tutoring hadn't worked.’
    • ‘We are next door, enjoying a glass of wine, skirting round the topic of the missing Christmas lights.’
    • ‘I thus contend that, on this matter, Volokh is skirting the central issue.’
    • ‘"They skirt the usury laws by saying it's not a loan, " Nixon said.’
    • ‘Further skirting round a definition of jazz, Dyer drops this fabulous description of Thelonius Monk approaching the piano.’
    • ‘Media coverage of hot-button issues usually skirts this aspect of them.’
    • ‘The new film just seems to be skirting round things; it hasn't been brave enough.’
    • ‘This is despite the likes of the Washington Post delicately skirting round the direct quote.’
    • ‘Canseco's charges were met with outright denials or responses that skirted the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His ears pounded and his lips trembled, but Tony didn't skirt around anything.’
    • ‘He skirts the road-legality issue by informing customers that his bikes are sold for recreation, not transportation.’
    • ‘‘I thought you didn't want to talk about it,’ Brett replied, skirting past the real discussion on hand.’
    • ‘The bill was drafted in an attempt to skirt constitutional concerns.’
    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.