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Definition of skirt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    skirt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skirt
    BrE BrE//skɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it skirts
    BrE BrE//skɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrts//
     
    past simple skirted
    BrE BrE//ˈskɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle skirted
    BrE BrE//ˈskɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form skirting
    BrE BrE//ˈskɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to be or go around the edge of something skirt something They followed the road that skirted the lake. They skirted the forest and emerged on to a path. skirt around/round something I skirted around the field and crossed the bridge.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to avoid talking about a subject, especially because it is difficult or embarrassing skirt something He carefully skirted the issue of where they would live. skirt around/round something She tactfully skirted around the subject of money.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse skyrta ‘shirt’; compare with synonymous Old English scyrte, also with short. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skirt