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skirt (n.)

early 14c., "lower part of a woman's dress," from Old Norse skyrta "shirt, a kind of kirtle;" see shirt. Sense development from "shirt" to "skirt" is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (compare Low German cognate Schört, in some dialects "woman's gown"). Sense of "border, edge" (in outskirts, etc.) first recorded late 15c. Metonymic use for "women collectively" is from 1550s; slang sense of "young woman" is from 1906; skirt-chaser first attested 1942.

skirt (v.)

c. 1600, "to border, form the edge of," from skirt (n.). Meaning "to pass along the edge" is from 1620s. Related: Skirted; skirting.

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Definitions of skirt from WordNet
1
skirt (v.)
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);
she skirted the problem
Synonyms: hedge / fudge / evade / put off / circumvent / parry / elude / dodge / duck / sidestep
skirt (v.)
pass around or about; move along the border;
The boat skirted the coast
skirt (v.)
form the edge of;
skirt (v.)
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle;
Synonyms: surround / environ / ring / border
2
skirt (n.)
cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist;
skirt (n.)
a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women;
skirt (n.)
(Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar;
Synonyms: annulus
skirt (n.)
informal terms for a (young) woman;
Synonyms: dame / doll / wench / chick / bird
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