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

n 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
Type of:
an article of clothing

n cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist

Type of:
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

n (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar

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plant part, plant structure
any part of a plant or fungus

n informal terms for a (young) woman

bird, chick, dame, doll
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fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman
a young woman

v form the edge of

Type of:
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to

v extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

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

v pass around or about; move along the border

“The boat skirted the coast”
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go by, go past, pass, pass by, surpass, travel by
move past

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

“she skirted the problem”
circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep
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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