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Skirt vs Skipt - What's the difference?

skirt | skipt |

As verbs the difference between skirt and skipt

is that skirt is to be on or form the border of while skipt is (obsolete) (skip).

As a noun skirt

is an article of clothing, usually worn by women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.



(wikipedia skirt)


(en noun)
  • An article of clothing, usually worn by women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.
  • * , The Purple Dress :
  • "I like purple best," said Maida. "And old Schlegel has promised to make it for $8. It's going to be lovely. I'm going to have a plaited skirt and a blouse coat trimmed with a band of galloon under a white cloth collar with two rows of—"
  • The part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist.
  • * 1885 , , The Science of Dress in Theory and Practice , Chapter XI:
  • The petticoats and skirts ordinarily worn are decidedly the heaviest part of the dress ; hence it is necessary that some reform should be effected in these.
  • A loose edging to any part of a dress.
  • * Addison
  • A narrow lace, or a small skirt of ruffled linen, which runs along the upper part of the stays before, and crosses the breast, being a part of the tucker, is called the modesty piece.
  • A petticoat.
  • (pejorative, slang) A woman.
  • * 1931 , , Alleys of Peril :
  • "Mate," said the Cockney, after we'd finished about half the bottle, "it comes to me that we're a couple o' blightin' idjits to be workin' for a skirt ."
    "What d'ya mean?" I asked, taking a pull at the bottle.
    "Well, 'ere's us, two red-blooded 'e-men, takin' orders from a lousy little frail, 'andin' the swag h'over to 'er, and takin' wot she warnts to 'and us, w'en we could 'ave the 'ole lot. Take this job 'ere now--"
  • (UK, colloquial) Women collectively, in a sexual context.
  • (UK, colloquial) Sexual intercourse with a woman.
  • Border; edge; margin; extreme part of anything.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Here in the skirts of the forest.
  • The diaphragm, or midriff, in animals.
  • (Dunglison)

    Usage notes

    * (article of clothing) It was formerly common to speak of “skirts” (plural) rather than “a skirt”. In some cases this served to emphasize an array of skirts of underskirts, or of pleats and folds in a single skirt; in other cases it made little or no difference in meaning.

    Derived terms

    * fender skirt * hobble skirt * mermaid skirt * miniskirt * pencil skirt * prairie skirt * rah-rah skirt * skirt chaser * skirted * skirtless * unskirted


    (en verb)
  • To be on or form the border of.
  • The plain was skirted by rows of trees.
  • To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.
  • * 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
  • An enormous man and woman (it was early-closing day) were stretched motionless, with their heads on pocket-handkerchiefs, side by side, within a few feet of the sea, while two or three gulls gracefully skirted the incoming waves, and settled near their boots.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=13 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) , title= Ideas coming down the track , passage=A “moving platform” scheme
  • To cover with a skirt; to surround.
  • * Milton
  • skirted his loins and thighs with downy gold




  • (obsolete) (skip)

  • skip


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), of (etyl) origin, ultimately from (etyl) .


  • To move by hopping on alternate feet.
  • She will skip from one end of the sidewalk to the other.
  • To leap about lightly.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, / Had he thy reason, would he skip and play?
  • * Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • So she drew her mother away skipping , dancing, and frisking fantastically.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 29 , author=Ian Hughes , title=Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The hosts maintained their discipline and shape, even threatening to grab a second goal on the break - left-back Dan Harding made a scintillating run, skipping past a few challenges before prodding a right-footed shot that did not match his build-up.}}
  • To skim, ricochet or bounce over a surface.
  • The rock will skip across the pond.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=After Essien's poor attempt flew into the stands, Rodrigo Moreno - Bolton's on-loan winger from Benfica who was making his full Premier League debut - nearly exposed the Blues with a lovely ball for Johan Elmander, but it just skipped away from his team-mate's toes.}}
  • To throw (something), making it skim, ricochet, or bounce over a surface.
  • I bet I can skip this rock to the other side of the pond.
  • To disregard, miss or omit part of a continuation (some item or stage).
  • My heart will skip a beat.
    I will read most of the book, but skip the first chapter because the video covered it.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • They who have a mind to see the issue may skip these two chapters.
  • To place an item in a skip.
  • (informal) Not to attend (some event, especially a class or a meeting).
  • Yeah, I really should go to the quarterly meeting but I think I'm going to skip it.
  • (informal) To leave; as, to skip town, to skip the country.
  • * 1998 ,
  • I see ya' little speed boat head up our coast
    She really want to ''skip town
    Get back off me, beast off me
    Get back you flea infested mongrel
  • To leap lightly over.
  • to skip the rope
  • To jump rope.
  • The girls were skipping in the playground.
    * (sense) (US) play hookie


    (en noun)
  • A leaping, jumping or skipping movement.
  • The act of passing over an interval from one thing to another; an omission of a part.
  • (music) A passage from one sound to another by more than a degree at once.
  • (Busby)
  • A person who attempts to disappear so as not to be found.
  • * 2012 , Susan Nash, Skip Tracing Basics and Beyond (page 19)
  • Tracking down debtors is a big part of a skip tracer's job. That's the case because deadbeats who haven't paid their bills and have disappeared are the most common type of skips .

    Derived terms

    * skipping rope

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (Australia, New Zealand, British) A large open-topped rubbish bin, designed to be lifted onto the back of a truck to take away both bin and contents; called a dumpster in North America (where "skip" is completely unknown and incomprehensible). See also skep.
  • (mining) A transportation container in a mine, usually for ore or mullock.
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) A skep, or basket.
  • A wheeled basket used in cotton factories.
  • (sugar manufacture) A charge of syrup in the pans.
  • A beehive.
  • Synonyms
    * (open-topped rubbish bin) dumpster

    Etymology 3


    (en noun)
  • Short for skipper, the master or captain of a ship, or other person in authority.
  • (curling) The player who calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks.
  • Etymology 4

    A reference to the television series ; coined and used by Australians (particularly children) of non-British descent to counter derogatory terms aimed at them. Australian National Dictionary Centre » Home » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » S

    Alternative forms

    * skippy


    (en noun)
  • (Australia, slang) An Australian of Anglo-Celtic descent.
  • * 2001 , ), Effie: Just Quietly'' (TV series), Episode: ''Nearest and Dearest ,
  • Effie: How did you find the second, the defacto, and what nationality is she?
    Barber: She is Australian.
    Effie: Is she? Gone for a skip . You little radical you.
    See also
    * limey * wog