WORD ORIGIN noun an arrangement of kilt pleats. Origin of kilting
First recorded in
-ing 1 noun any short, pleated skirt, especially a tartan wraparound, as that worn by men in the Scottish Highlands. verb (used with object) to draw or tuck up, as the skirt, about oneself. to provide (a skirt) with kilt pleats. Origin of kilt 1300–50; Middle English kylte, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish kilte to tuck up Related forms kilt·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kilting noun a knee-length pleated skirt-like garment, esp one in tartan, as worn by men in Highland dress verb (tr) to tuck (a skirt) up around one's body to put pleats in (cloth, a skirt, etc) Derived Forms kilted, adjective kiltlike, adjective Word Origin for kilt
C18: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish
kilte to tuck up, Old Swedish kilta lap
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Word Origin and History for kilting n.
"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"). v.
"to tuck up," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Danish
kilte, Swedish kilta "to tuck up;" see kilt (n.). Related: Kilted; kilting.
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