[ skur-ting ]
/ ˈskɜr tɪŋ /


fabric for making skirts.
Often skirtings. low-grade wool and foreign matter removed from the outer edges of fleece.
Also called skirting board. British. baseboard(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. skirret,
  2. skirt,
  3. skirt chaser,
  4. skirt steak,
  5. skirter,
  6. skirting board,
  7. skirtings,
  8. skit,
  9. skitch,
  10. skite

Origin of skirting

First recorded in 1680–90; skirt + -ing1


[ skurt ]
/ skɜrt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
to move along or around the border of something.

Origin of skirt

1250–1300; Middle English skirte < Old Norse skyrta shirt

Related formsskirt·less, adjectiveskirt·like, adjectiveun·skirt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for skirting

British Dictionary definitions for skirting


/ (ˈskɜːtɪŋ) /


a border, esp of wood or tiles, fixed round the base of an interior wall to protect it from kicks, dirt, etc
material used or suitable for skirts


/ (skɜːt) /



Derived Formsskirted, adjective

Word Origin for skirt

C13: from Old Norse skyrta shirt

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Word Origin and History for skirting
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