Unlike pants, which fully cover each of your legs separately, a skirt is basically a single piece of fabric covering part of your legs. If you want to show a little leg, wear a skirt!

Skirts can be very short (like a miniskirt) or so long they drag on the ground. Long ago, skirt was also rude slang for a young woman. As a verb, skirt means "go around," like when you skirt a city instead of driving straight through it. The word outskirts, "outer parts or fringes" is related.

Definitions of skirt
  1. noun
    a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
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    ballet skirt, tutu
    very short skirt worn by ballerinas
    a divided skirt
    full skirt
    a long skirt gathered at the waist
    gathered skirt
    a skirt whose fabric is drawn together around the waist
    grass skirt
    a skirt made of long blades of grass
    hobble skirt
    a long skirt very narrow below the knees, worn between 1910 and 1914
    crinoline, hoopskirt
    a skirt stiffened with hoops
    a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland
    a skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worn by Polynesians (especially Samoans)
    a long skirt ending below the calf
    mini, miniskirt
    a very short skirt
    an outer skirt worn over another skirt
    a loose skirt consisting of brightly colored fabric wrapped around the body; worn by both women and men in the South Pacific
    a full skirt with a gathered waistband
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    an article of clothing
  2. noun
    cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
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    cloth covering
    a covering made of cloth
  3. noun
    (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar
    synonyms: annulus
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    plant part, plant structure
    any part of a plant or fungus
  4. noun
    informal terms for a (young) woman
    synonyms: bird, chick, dame, doll
  5. verb
    form the edge of
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    border, bound
    form the boundary of; be contiguous to
  6. verb
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
    synonyms: border, environ, ring, surround
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    decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe
    gird, girdle
    put a girdle on or around
    surround with a cloister
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
    hem in
    surround in a restrictive manner
    surround with a cloister, as of a garden
    insert, tuck
    fit snugly into
    wall in, wall up
    enclose with a wall
    bower, embower
    enclose in a bower
    enshrine, shrine
    enclose in a shrine
    case, encase, incase
    enclose in, or as if in, a case
    bury, eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up
    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    border, frame, frame in
    enclose in or as if in a frame
    glass, glass in
    enclose with glass
    enclose with a bank
    dike, dyke
    enclose with a dike
    enclose in a capsule or other small container
    fence, fence in
    surround with an enclosure
    cordon off, rope in, rope off
    divide by means of a rope
    enclose in a casket
    enclose in a corral
    fort, fortify
    enclose by or as if by a fortification
    hedge, hedge in
    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
    hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
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    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  7. verb
    pass around or about; move along the border
    “The boat skirted the coast”
  8. verb
    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    “she skirted the problem”
    synonyms: circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep
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    beg, beg the question
    dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
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    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
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