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shirt
shirt O.E. scyrte "skirt, tunic," from P.Gmc. *skurtijon "a short garment" (Cf. O.N. skyrta, Swed. skjorta "skirt, kirtle;" M.Du. scorte, Du. schort "apron;" M.H.G. schurz, Ger. Schurz "apron"), from the same source as O.E. scort, sceort (see SHORT (Cf. short)). Formerly of garments worn by both sexes, but long in modern use only for men; in reference to women's tops, reintroduced 1896. Shirt-sleeve in reference to "without a coat" first recorded 1560s. Bloody shirt, exposed as a symbol of outrage, is attested from 1580s. To give (someone) the shirt off one's back is from 1771. To lose one's shirt "suffer total financial loss" is from 1935. To keep one's shirt on "be patient" (1904) is from the notion of stripping down for a fight.

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  • Shirt — Shirt …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • shirt — ► NOUN 1) a garment for the upper body, with a collar and sleeves and buttons down the front. 2) a similar garment of light material without full fastenings, worn for sports and leisure. ● keep your shirt on Cf. ↑keep your shirt on ● lose one s… …   English terms dictionary

  • shirt — [ ʃɜrt ] noun count *** a piece of men s clothing that covers the top part of the body. It usually has long sleeves and buttons down the front: One of his shirt buttons was missing. a cotton/silk/denim shirt a. a similar piece of clothing worn by …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shirt — W3S2 [ʃə:t US ʃə:rt] n [: Old English; Origin: scyrte] 1.) a piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body and your arms, usually has a collar, and is fastened at the front by buttons →↑blouse ▪ I have to wear a shirt and tie to work …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shirt — shirt·ing; shirt·less; shirt·man; shirt; shirt·waist·er; shirt·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • shirt — [shʉrt] n. [ME shert < OE scyrte (akin to Ger schürze, apron, ON skyrta, shirt) < base of scort, SHORT] 1. a) the usual sleeved garment worn by men on the upper part of the body, often under a coat or jacket, typically having a collar and a …   English World dictionary

  • Shirt — Shirt, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Shirted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shirting}.] To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as with a shirt. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shirt — 〈 [ʃœ:t] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s〉 (meist kurzärmeliges) Hemd aus weichem Baumwollstoff; T Shirt; PoloShirt [Etym.: engl., »Hemd«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • shirt|y — «SHUR tee», adjective, shirt|i|er, shirt|i|est. British Slang. ill tempered; ill natured …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shirt — Shirt, n. [OE. schirte, sherte, schurte; akin to Icel. skyrta, Dan. skiorte, Sw. skjorta, Dan. ski[ o]rt a petticoat, D. schort a petticoat, an argon, G. schurz, sch[ u]rze, an argon; all probably from the root of E. short, as being originally a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English