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English noun: skirt

1. skirt (artifact) cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist

Broader (hypernym)cloth covering

Part holonymlap, lap covering, seat

Part meronymgarment

2. skirt (artifact) a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women

Broader (hypernym)garment

Narrower (hyponym)ballet skirt, crinoline, culotte, full skirt, gathered skirt, grass skirt, hobble skirt, hoopskirt, kilt, lavalava, maxi, mini, miniskirt, overskirt, sarong, tutu

Part holonymbox pleat, hemline, kick pleat, placket, slide fastener, sunburst pleat, sunray pleat, zip, zip fastener, zipper

3. skirt (plant) (Fungi) a remnant of the partial veil that in mature mushrooms surrounds the stem like a collar


Broader (hypernym)plant part, plant structure

Part meronympartial veil

Domain categoryFungi, fungus kingdom, kingdom Fungi

4. skirt (person) informal terms for a (young) woman

Synonymsbird, chick, dame, doll, wench

Broader (hypernym)fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman

English verb: skirt

1. skirt (communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

SamplesHe dodged the issue.
She skirted the problem.
They tend to evade their responsibilities.
He evaded the questions skillfully.

Synonymscircumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)avoid

Narrower (hyponym)beg, quibble

2. skirt (motion) pass around or about; move along the border

SamplesThe boat skirted the coast.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go by, go past, pass, pass by, surpass, travel by

3. skirt (stative) form the edge of

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)border, bound

4. skirt (contact) extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

SamplesThe forest surrounds my property.

Synonymsborder, environ, ring, surround

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

Narrower (hyponym)cloister, cloister, close in, enclose, fringe, gird, girdle, hem in, inclose, shut in

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