Definition of shirt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃɜːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɜːrt//
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  • a piece of clothing (usually for men), worn on the upper part of the body, made of light cloth, with sleeves and usually with a collar and buttons down the front to wear a shirt and tie a short-sleeved shirt a football shirt see also nightshirt, polo shirt, stuffed shirt, sweatshirt, T-shirt See related entries: Clothes
  • Word OriginOld English scyrte, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse skyrta (compare with skirt), Dutch schort, German Schürze ‘apron’, also to short; probably from a base meaning ‘short garment’.Extra examples He tucked his shirt into his pants. He wears a crisp white shirt to the office every day. a footballer’s shirt number replica football shirts with Beckham’s famous number 7Idioms (informal) used to tell somebody not to get angry Keep your shirt on! It was only a joke.
    put your shirt on somebody/something
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    (British English, informal) to bet all your money on somebody/something It's a good horse, but I wouldn't put my shirt on it.
    the shirt off somebody’s back
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    anything that somebody has, including the things they really need themselves, that somebody else takes from them or they are willing to give He was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shirt