Skirt (?), n. [OE. skyrt, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. skyrta a shirt, Sw. skort a skirt, skjorta a shirt. See Shirt.]


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.


A loose edging to any part of a dress.


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.


Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything

"Here in the skirts of the forest."



A petticoat.


The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals.



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Skirt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skirted; p. pr. & vb. n. Skirting.]


To cover with a skirt; to surround.

Skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold. Milton.


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."



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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.


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