- any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands.
- to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself.
- to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats.
Origin of kilt
Related Wordspetticoat, dress, kilt, sarong, hoop, mini, dirndl, pannier, midi, culottes, tutu, female, feminine, slip, clothes, waistcoat, underskirt, balmoral, undercoat, gather
Examples from the Web for kilt
Excuse me, I have to get the keffiyeh out of my dusty suitcase and pack a kilt.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster
P. J. O’Rourke
September 13, 2014
Peter," he said, "the city truck done run over yer dog and kilt him dead.The Stacks: A Dog Dies, a Boy Grows Up
June 21, 2014
After another half hour, Kilt Man leaned his full weight with his palm onto the soft mound above my pelvic bone.The Last Erotic Massage
May 21, 2009
You have the kilt at every turn, in every tartan, and often in no tartan at all.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He's up to his neck in Irish things, and speaks Gaelic and wears an Irish kilt.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
An' poor Tim was kilt the way he wouldn't tell o' the boys that did it.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Oh, Biddy, Biddy, your darlint is going to be kilt entoirely!Australia Revenged
We have a way of belting on the kilt in real Argile I have seen nowhere else.John Splendid
- a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress
- to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body
- to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc)
Word Origin and History for kilt
"plaited tartan skirt," c.1730, from Middle English verb kilten "to tuck up" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish kilte op "to tuck up;" Old Norse kilting "shirt," kjalta "fold made by gathering up to the knees").
"to tuck up," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish kilte, Swedish kilta "to tuck up;" see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.