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From Middle English shurte, sherte, schirte, from Old English sċyrte (a short garment; skirt; kirtle), from Proto-Germanic *skurtijǭ. Cognate with Dutch schort, German Schürze (apron), Norwegian skjorte (shirt), Faroese skjúrta (shirt). 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”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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?)