- –n.1. a woman's or girl's outer garment that hangs from the waist: »
The triangle flare skirt is fully lined…to give it a majestic sweep from a tiny waist to the billowed hem (New Yorker).2. the part of a dress that hangs from the waist.3. = petticoat. (Cf. ↑petticoat)4. something like a skirt: »
the skirts of a man's long coat.5. Slang. a woman or girl: »
She's as nice a looking skirt as there is in town (Sinclair Lewis).6. Figurative. a border; edge: »
The rabbits fed on the skirts of the field. ... a few heavy drops from the skirt of the passing cloud (Francis Parkman).7. Figurative. the outer part of a place, group of people, or anything like it; outskirts: »
The school is…built right on the summer colony's skirts (Wall Street Journal).8. one of the flaps hanging from the sides of a saddle.9. British. a cut of beef from the flank.–v.t.1. to border; edge: »
Those vast and trackless forests that skirted the settlements... (Washington Irving).2. to pass along the border, edge, or side of: »
to skirt a swamp. The boys skirted the forest instead of going through it.3. to be, lie, or live, along the border of: »
Figurative. So is man's narrow path By strength and terror skirted (Emerson).–v.i.1. to pass along the border or edge: »
to skirt around a swamp. Then I set off up the valley, skirting along one side of it (Richard D. Blackmore).2. to be, lie, or live, along the border, as of a place: »
A sandy desert…skirts along the doubtful confine of Syria (Edward Gibbon).╂[< Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic skyrta shirt, skirt, kirtle). Compare etym. under shirt. (Cf. ↑shirt)]–skirt´er, noun.–skirt´like´, adjective.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.