- Also called pettiskirt. an underskirt, especially one that is full and often trimmed and ruffled and of a decorative fabric.
- any skirtlike part or covering.
- a flounce or valance fitting around the sides of a bed, couch, or chair, as to conceal the legs.
- Informal: Sometimes Offensive. a woman or girl (usually used facetiously).
- Informal: Sometimes Offensive. of, relating to, or controlled by women; female; feminine: petticoat government.
Origin of petticoat
Examples from the Web for petticoat
It comes with matching headband, optional sleeve panels and petticoat.'Fairytale' Diana Dress Makes $140,000 At Auction
December 4, 2013
This is my dress, and there's a petticoat and stockings to match it.Her Father's Daughter
Indecent, if you ask me, with not a petticoat under it, I'll be bound!Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
You see it is impossible for him to stop in here with you for ever, as if he was sewn on to your petticoat.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
But she soon laid it down on the work-table, between a petticoat and a bundle of shirts.L'Assommoir
So the day of the petticoat politician is not over in Italy yet?The Eternal City
- a woman's light undergarment in the form of an underskirt or including a bodice supported by shoulder straps
- a humorous or mildly disparaging name for a woman
- (as modifier)petticoat politics
Word Origin and History for petticoat
early 15c., pety coote, literally "a small coat," from petty + coat (n.). Originally a padded coat worn by men under armor, applied mid-15c. to a garment worn by women and young children. By 1590s, the typical feminine garment, hence a symbol of female sex or character.
Men declare that the petticoatless female has unsexed herself and has left her modesty behind. ["Godey's Magazine," April 1896]