Definition of shirt in US English:

shirt

noun

  • 1A garment for the upper body made of cotton or a similar fabric, with a collar, sleeves, and buttons down the front.

    • ‘His outfit consisted of a white cotton dress shirt with a black bow tie and matching shoes.’
    • ‘There was a gentleman behind me walking on his own with his shirt open.’
    • ‘He wore a white and blue striped shirt with blue jeans.’
    • ‘We then proceeded to a bunch of neatly ironed shirts on wire hangers.’
    • ‘He himself had a red collared shirt with jeans on.’
    • ‘He wore his white chambray shirt and purple vest, black chinos, and leather boots.’
    • ‘The boy's shirt has sweat all down the front of it.’
    • ‘Wear your new striped button-down shirt with jeans, chinos or corduroy pants.’
    • ‘Wear a white shirt with tan pants and a dark overcoat with confidence.’
    • ‘We have a business casual dress code at my office, which means collared shirts without a tie.’
    • ‘His tie was loose, and the top 2 buttons of his shirt undone with his sleeves rolled up to his elbows.’
    • ‘He wore a tight, white, long-sleeved, button-up shirt.’
    • ‘The making of women's blouses also bought the cut of men's shirts.’
    • ‘His black silk shirt was unbuttoned, but for Daman, this was nothing new.’
    • ‘He was wearing all black, his shirt clinging onto his body showing of muscles.’
    • ‘She wore a plaid flannel shirt that went down her hips, and no pants.’
    • ‘He jogged up to walk beside me, his tie untied, the top two buttons of his shirt undone, his sleeves pushed up to his elbows.’
    • ‘The three men were also dressed alike: denim jeans, long-sleeved plaid shirts, and work boots.’
    • ‘She was wearing a white short-sleeved men's shirt with a pair of black denim pants.’
    • ‘He was similarly dressed except that his shirt hung more loosely over his body.’
    1. 1.1usually with modifier A garment similar to a shirt, made of stretchable material and typically having a short row of buttons at the neck, worn as casual wear or for sports.
      ‘a rugby shirt’
      • ‘I get a whiff of it when I appear on television and see employees of major networks dressed in casual slacks and sport shirts with no ties.’
      • ‘Cutting to the chase, I came to the conclusion that the answer was the minimal increase in warmth obtained by wearing a rugby shirt rather than a T-shirt.’
      • ‘The frog bra doesn't completely eliminate bounce for me, so I wear a snug fitting Lycra sport shirt as well.’
      • ‘As if I couldn't get enough of the sport at practice I had to wear a soccer shirt too.’
      • ‘He was wearing a blue polo shirt with black pants.’
      • ‘Another great opportunity is woven dress shirts and woven sport shirts.’
      • ‘It's no surprise to find that he donated the rugby shirt he wore in jail to the production.’
      • ‘He wore khaki shorts and a red short sleeve polo shirt.’
      • ‘She sported a white tank-top shirt that was worn around her slim, feminine body.’
      • ‘I usually wear khakis and a sport shirt to gun shows, and I blend in pretty well.’
      • ‘About 20 players performed drills with singular enthusiasm and varying attire, including soccer shirts and baseball caps worn backwards.’
      • ‘I was wearing my Chelsea FC shirt outside my black jeans, with trainers and topped off with my £250 leather jacket.’
      • ‘He was wearing a long trench coat, a red and white rugby shirt, blue jeans and may have had black shoes.’
      • ‘When I pulled up in front of his apartment building, Nellie stood there dressed in jeans and a sport shirt.’
      • ‘Already seated were two older men, both dressed casually in khaki pants and open sport shirts, and wearing serious but dour expressions on their faces.’
      • ‘He was so obviously on the rugby team as he was just enormous and always wore a rugby shirt in the union colours.’
      • ‘All was going well until we went to the Crescent Hotel where I was refused entry for wearing a sports shirt, even after pointing out what day it was.’
      • ‘The next night he returned, wearing the same rugby shirt.’
      • ‘I'm still working on it, but I did start a trend by wearing bowling shirts sporting some true flair.’
      • ‘To see so many children wearing their rugby shirts and baseball caps with pride says so much about what the club have achieved off the pitch as well as on it.’

Phrases

  • keep your shirt on

    • informal Don't lose your temper; stay calm.

      • ‘You're gonna be ten minutes late, so just keep your shirt on.’
      • ‘I told him to keep his shirt on, no matter what the provocation.’
      • ‘You'll also read about brandy's rules, dress for success, chill on the jewelry, polish your cleats, hike up your socks, and, OK, keep your shirt on.’
      • ‘She crossed her arms and gave him a patient look, ‘Well, if you would keep your shirt on, maybe you wouldn't get dirty.’’
      • ‘‘All right, all right, geez, keep your shirt on, please,’ said Victoria as she got up and was about to walk into the water.’
      • ‘‘Keep your shirt on, will you?’ her colleague said, but he didn't raise his club again.’
  • lose one's shirt

    • informal Lose all one's possessions.

      • ‘When you bet wrong in the former you lose your shirt, when you bet wrong in the latter, lives are lost.’
      • ‘I might lose my shirt - but I know he'd pay up with a smile when my queens over eights beat his flush.’
      • ‘If you don't know how to play, you're going to lose your shirt.’
      • ‘You could lose your shirt on the horses, then cross the road and lose your trousers in the casino.’
      • ‘You can lose your shirt just the same in bonds as you can in equities in bad situations.’
      • ‘When I lost my shirt in a poor investment you were there.’
      • ‘I could end up just losing my shirt on this whole thing, but these guys are pretty good at what they do.’
      • ‘He tries organizing competing industries, but loses his shirt.’
      • ‘Whether he was hoping for a literal metaphor that expressed very clearly how he had lost his shirt, I cannot say.’
      • ‘It's curious, though, there was a blue ribbon panel of six experts who said, this will never work, the public will not accept it and you'll lose your shirt.’
      • ‘I bought it again a few years later and lost my shirt - and I have owned up to all my stock losses when the bubble burst.’
      • ‘This was before the Indian casinos turned Connecticut into a nice state to drive through and lose your shirt in.’
      • ‘Their brother-in-law lost his shirt on soybeans but that's because he bought it on thin margin.’
      • ‘But the fact is that I like casinos, they're actually fun, and you can play games and not lose your shirt.’
      • ‘Being in technology stocks in this bubble gives you a much higher risk of losing your shirt than if you are not in them.’
      • ‘These nights always attract a large crowd, and turn out to be most enjoyable, even if you lose your shirt.’
  • the shirt off (or on) one's back

    • informal One's last remaining possessions.

      ‘we share things—we'd give our shirt off our back to another’
      • ‘He was a tough ole cowboy who would give you the shirt off his back.’
      • ‘About what a good person he is to have as a friend, and how he would give anyone, even his worst enemy, the shirt off his back.’
      • ‘A Scorpio will gladly give you the shirt off their back if you need it, but you may get the slightest inkling that they have an ulterior motive for doing so.’
      • ‘He learned that if he took the shirt off your back and showed you the blood of children in the fabric, people would snap alert.’
      • ‘‘He was the best… he would give you his heart and soul, he'd give you the shirt off his back or a coat to a stranger,’ said his father Eamonn yesterday with a justifiable pride in his voice.’
      • ‘He'd give anyone the shirt off his back if he thought they needed it.’
      • ‘They've treated everybody fairly, and they will give you the shirt off their back.’
      • ‘He's a guy who would literally give you the shirt off his back and he has two beautiful children.’
      • ‘And Afghans themselves are very generous hosts; they would give you the shirt off their back if they felt you needed it.’
      • ‘He'd give you anything, including the shirt off his back, if you asked him.’

Origin

Old English scyrte, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skyrta (compare with skirt), Dutch schort, German Schürze ‘apron’, also to short; probably from a base meaning ‘short garment’.

Pronunciation

shirt

/ʃərt//SHərt/