Origin of petticoat
Examples from the Web for petticoat
It comes with matching headband, optional sleeve panels and petticoat.
Petticoat lighted a cigarette and sat down to take Polly's pulse.Ptomaine Street|Carolyn Wells
I gave a great scream, and dropped my petticoat: the thunder-struck lad stood trembling and pale, waiting his sentence of death.Memoirs Of Fanny Hill|John Cleland
The sheik has his hips covered with a kind of petticoat gathered into pleats in front.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
British Dictionary definitions for petticoat
- a humorous or mildly disparaging name for a woman
- (as modifier)petticoat politics
Word Origin for petticoat
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]