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A shirt


PIE root

From Old English scyrte, from Proto-Germanic *skurtijǭ. Cognate with Dutch schort, German Schürze ‎(apron). Skirt is a parallel formation from Old Norse; compare also short, from the same ultimate source.



shirt ‎(plural shirts)

  1. An article of clothing that is worn on the upper part of the body, and often has sleeves, either long or short, that cover the arms.
    • Addison
      Several persons in December had nothing over their shoulders but their shirts.
    • Bishop Fisher
      She had her shirts and girdles of hair.
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, BBC Sport:
      Holt was furious referee Michael Oliver refused to then award him a penalty after Ledley King appeared to pull his shirt and his anger was compounded when Spurs immediately levelled.
  2. ("shirts and skins" games) a member of the shirt-wearing team.

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shirt ‎(third-person singular simple present shirts, present participle shirting, simple past and past participle shirted)

  1. To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as if with a shirt.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)