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; which is a doublet of short, from the same ultimate source.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ʃɝt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʃɜːt/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)t
shirt (plural shirts)
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- ("shirts and skins" games) a member of the shirt-wearing team.
- 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?)