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petticoat

[ pet-ee-koht ]
/ ˈpɛt iˌkoʊt /
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noun
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).
adjective
Informal: Sometimes Offensive. of, relating to, or controlled by women; female; feminine: petticoat government.
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Origin of petticoat

First recorded in 1375–1425, petticoat is from the late Middle English word petycote.See petty, coat

usage note for petticoat

In reference to a female, this term is usually used for humorous effect, but is sometimes perceived as insulting or demeaning to women.

OTHER WORDS FROM petticoat

pet·ti·coat·less, adjectiveun·der·pet·ti·coat, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for petticoat

petticoat
/ (ˈpɛtɪˌkəʊt) /

noun
a woman's light undergarment in the form of an underskirt or including a bodice supported by shoulder straps
informal
  1. a humorous or mildly disparaging name for a woman
  2. (as modifier)petticoat politics

Word Origin for petticoat

C15: see petty, coat
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