[ shurt ]
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  1. a long- or short-sleeved garment for the upper part of the body, usually lightweight and having a collar and a front opening.

  2. an undergarment of cotton, or other material, for the upper part of the body.

Idioms about shirt

  1. in one's shirt sleeves, without a coat: It was so hot that they worked in their shirt sleeves.: Also in one's shirt-sleeves.

  2. keep one's shirt on, Informal. to refrain from becoming angry or impatient; remain calm: Tell him to keep his shirt on until we're ready.

  1. lose one's shirt, Informal. to lose all that one possesses; suffer a severe financial reverse: He lost his shirt in the stock market.

Origin of shirt

before 1150; Middle English schirte,Old English scyrte; cognate with German Schürze,Dutch schort apron, Old Norse skyrtaskirt

Other words from shirt

  • shirtless, adjective

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How to use shirt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shirt


/ (ʃɜːt) /

  1. a garment worn on the upper part of the body, esp by men, usually of light material and typically having a collar and sleeves and buttoning up the front

  1. keep your shirt on informal refrain from losing your temper (often used as an exhortation to another)

  2. put one's shirt on informal to bet all one has on (a horse, etc)

  3. lose one's shirt on informal to lose all one has on (a horse, etc)

Origin of shirt

Old English scyrte; related to Old English sceort short, Old Norse skyrta skirt, Middle High German schurz apron

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Other Idioms and Phrases with shirt


see give the shirt off one's back; hair shirt; keep one's shirt on; lose one's shirt; stuffed shirt.

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