General English



  • A fairly tough cut of beef from the extreme bottom of the belly of the animal and the diaphragm, divided into thick, thin and body skirt. thick skirt is part of the inner muscle of the belly wall attached to the rump, whilst thin skirt and body skirt are part of the diaphragm. It must either be braised very slowly or cooked fast on a high heat and served rare.


  • noun a woman or girl, or females in general. A depersonalising term as used by males in the 20th century. The usage is much older, probably originating in the 1500s.


  • noun a stewing cut of beef taken from the flank, below the sirloin and rump

Origin & History of “skirt”

Essentially skirt is the same word as shirt. It was borrowed from Old Norse skyrta ‘shirt’, which came from the same prehistoric Germanic source as English shirt, and likewise meant etymologically ‘short garment’. It is not clear why English came to use the word for ‘woman’s garment hanging from the waist’, but a link may be provided by modern Icelandic skyrta, which denotes a sort of long shirt with full tails that come down well below the waist. Swedish skört and Danish skørt ‘skirt’ were borrowed from the related middle Low German schorte ‘apron’.