- 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[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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse skyrta
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//