Origin of skirting
- the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
- a one-piece garment extending downward from the waist and not joined between the legs, worn especially by women and girls.
- some part resembling or suggesting the skirt of a garment, as the flared lip of a bell or a protective and ornamental cloth strip covering the legs of furniture.
- a small leather flap on each side of a saddle, covering the metal bar from which the stirrup hangs.
- Building Trades.
- Also called apron. Furniture.
- Usually skirts. the bordering, marginal, or outlying part of a place, group, etc.; the outskirts.
- Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman or girl: to chase some skirt; a skirt chaser.
- Rocketry. an outer part of a rocket or missile that provides structural support or houses such systems as avionics or gyroscopes.
- to lie on or along the border of: The hills skirt the town.
- to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function.
- to pass along or around the border or edge of: Traffic skirts the town.
- to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.): The senator skirted the issue.
- to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece).
- to be or lie on or along the edge of something.
- to move along or around the border of something.
Origin of skirt
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Related Wordsdodge, elude, sidestep, evade, ignore, bypass, circumvent, fringe, rim, bound, surround, edge, verge, hem, flank, margin, define, skip, equivocate, duck
Examples from the Web for skirting
The story is Lardner at his best, skirting the fence between sentimentality and cynicism and achieving pathos.The Forgotten Genius of Ring Lardner
September 1, 2013
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
February 25, 2012
Senior officials normally observe a longstanding political taboo by skirting around such tales of torment.China's Leader Breaks a Taboo
November 6, 2011
Continuing their inspection, they went on, skirting the hillside.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
After skirting the covert, she turned homewards by a pathway through the trees.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
The old dame entered, skirting warily the vicinity of the "madman."The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
I started back at the gallop, skirting the side of the valley.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
We ran along the road, skirting the edge of the little town.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
- 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
- a garment hanging from the waist, worn chiefly by women and girls
- the part of a dress below the waist
- Also called: apron a frieze or circular flap, as round the base of a hovercraft
- the flaps on a saddle that protect a rider's legs
- British a cut of beef from the flank
- (often plural) a margin or outlying area
- NZ the lower part of a sheep's fleece
- bit of skirt slang a girl or woman
- (tr) to form the edge of
- (tr) to provide with a border
- (when intr, foll by around, along, etc) to pass (by) or be situated (near) the outer edge of (an area, etc)
- (tr) to avoid (a difficulty, etc)he skirted the issue
- mainly Australian and NZ to remove the trimmings or inferior wool from (a fleece)
Word Origin and History for skirting
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.