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  1. fabric for making skirts.
  2. Often skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
  3. Also called skirting board. British. baseboard(def 1).

Origin of skirting

First recorded in 1680–90; skirt + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for skirtings

Historical Examples

  • Small angle fillets or mouldings are often used as skirtings.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4


  • You do the doors and windows, and let 'im do the cupboards and skirtings.'

  • Adult female: Like male but black veiled by deep reddish brown (clove brown) skirtings of feathers.

British Dictionary definitions for skirtings


pl n
  1. ragged edges trimmed from the fleece of a sheep


  1. a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
  2. material used or suitable for skirts
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