Definition of “skirt” - English Dictionary

“skirt” in British English

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skirtnoun [ C ]

uk /skɜːt/ us /skɝːt/

A1 a piece of clothing for women and girls that hangs from the waist and does not have legs:

a long/short skirt

More examples

  • The skirt fits tightly over the hips and flares just below the knees.
  • She was wearing a dreadful pink flouncy skirt.
  • She hiked up her skirt and climbed onto the bicycle.
  • a knee-length skirt
  • a gathered skirt

skirtverb [ T, I + prep ]

uk /skɜːt/ us /skɝːt/ also skirt around, UK also skirt round

to go around the edge of something:

Take the road which skirts (round) the town, not the one which goes through it.

to avoid discussing a subject or problem, usually because there are difficulties that you do not want to deal with:

The government has been accused of skirting round the issue of torture.

(Definition of “skirt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“skirt” in American English

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skirtnoun [ C ]

us /ˈskɜrt/

skirt noun [ C ] (CLOTHING)

a piece of women’s clothing that hangs from the waist and does not have material between the legs, or the part of a dress below the waist:

She looked good in a skirt and blouse.

skirtverb [ T ]

us /ˈskɜrt/

skirt verb [ T ] (GO AROUND)

to go around or move along the edge of something:

We were skirting the highways and taking the back roads.

(Definition of “skirt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)