Origin of skirting
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of skirt
Examples from the Web for skirting
The story is Lardner at his best, skirting the fence between sentimentality and cynicism and achieving pathos.
From an overseas haven to a TARP gift to Nascar, companies are skirting the IRS.8 Ridiculous Tax Loopholes: How Companies Are Avoiding the Tax Man|Josh Dzieza|February 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Senior officials normally observe a longstanding political taboo by skirting around such tales of torment.
From the road you perceive, skirting the loch on the other side, what seems a fringe of very small bushes.Scottish Loch Scenery|Thomas A. Croal
We descend, skirting for some distance the monastery walls, over which patches of ivy hang like green shawls.Saunterings|Charles Dudley Warner
Skirting the spinney, we followed the brook course, and came at last to the quarry fence.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
And it should be a wood—perhaps a forest—rather than a skirting of timber.Methods of Authors|Hugo Erichsen
But as we were skirting along the shore I suddenly called "Hist!"A Florida Sketch-Book|Bradford Torrey
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.