verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of skirt
Synonyms for skirt
Related Words for skirteddodge, elude, sidestep, evade, ignore, bypass, circumvent, fringe, rim, bound, surround, edge, verge, hem, flank, margin, define, skip, equivocate, duck
Examples from the Web for skirted
Contemporary Examples of skirted
If this is truly the case, the E.U. will have skirted both its own rules and, by extension, Israel's Boycott Law.Why is the E.U. So Willing to Compromise on Settlement Guidelines?
October 25, 2013
“They skirted around it by saying he was a man of faith,” said “Reality Steve” Carbone, who writes about The Bachelor on his blog.Why Did ‘The Bachelor’ Hide Sean Lowe’s Born-Again Virginity?
March 12, 2013
Filming stalled, then continued without him with a six-episode prequel that skirted around the titular character.Spartacus Hero Liam McIntyre’s Unlikely Rise into the Role
January 27, 2012
Bailey also writes that Palin skirted the law during the Troopergate affair.Inside the Sarah Palin Tell-All Book
February 22, 2011
But as it turns out, Brown had his own Latin misadventure, one that may have skirted the law.Jerry Brown's Castro Trouble
A. L. Bardach
October 5, 2010
Historical Examples of skirted
We found the road, and the village of Horton, and skirted the last, until all was clear.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Tired and weighted, she dared not try the leap; she skirted around.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
He was passing a thicket that skirted the road, when a cautious "Hist!"
They skirted the house and found the stable door open as Blake had left it.Mistress Wilding
He could see its face through the leaves as he skirted the shore of the lagoon.The Rescue
Word Origin for skirt
early 14c., "lower part of a woman's dress," from Old Norse skyrta "shirt, a kind of kirtle;" see shirt. Sense development from "shirt" to "skirt" is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (cf. Low German cognate Schört, in some dialects "woman's gown"). Sense of "border, edge" (in outskirts, etc.) first recorded late 15c. Metonymic use for "women collectively" is from 1550s; slang sense of "young woman" is from 1906; skirt-chaser first attested 1942.
c.1600, "to border, form the edge of," from skirt (n.). Meaning "to pass along the edge" is from 1620s. Related: Skirted; skirting.