- 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 onto a path. skirt around something I skirted around the field and crossed the bridge.
- 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 something She tactfully skirted around the subject of money.
NAmE//skərt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skirt
he / she / it skirts
past simple skirted
-ing form skirting