from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
  • n. A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.
  • transitive v. To tuck up (something) around the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any Scottish garment from which the above lies in a direct line of descent, such as the philibeg, or the great kilt or belted plaid;
  • n. a plaid, pleated school uniform skirt sometimes structured as a wrap around, sometimes pleated throughout the entire circumference;
  • n. a variety of non-bifurcated garments made for men and loosely resembling a Scottish kilt, but most often made from different fabrics and not always with tartan plaid designs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. from kill.
  • n. A kind of short petticoat, reaching from the waist to the knees, worn in the Highlands of Scotland by men, and in the Lowlands by young boys; a filibeg.
  • transitive v. To tuck up; to truss up, as the clothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tuck up; truss Up (the clothes).
  • In dressmaking, to lay (a skirt or a flounce) in deep, flat, longitudinal plaits hanging free at the bottom, in the fashion of a Highland kilt.
  • Small; lean; slender.
  • To step lightly and nimbly, as if with the skirts kilted out of the way.
  • n. In the original Highland dress, that part of the belted plaid which hung below the waist; in modern times, a separate garment, a sort of petticoat reaching from the girdle nearly to the knees, composed of tartan and deeply plaited. The garment is imitated in various fabrics for children's wear. See kilting.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal preterit and past participle of kill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland


From kilt, to tuck up, from Middle English kilten, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish kilt ("to tuck"), Swedish kilta ("to swathe"), Old Norse kjalta ("skirt; lap") (perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kelt-, *kelþōn, *kelþīn (“womb”), from Proto-Indo-European *gelt- (“round body, child”)). (Wiktionary)


  • -- _I'm kilt all over_ means that he is in a worse state than being simply _kilt_.

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  • Harvey wrote when sending the kilt, I feel so very good that the kilt is where it should be.

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  • She can be seen, in kilt skirt and bunches, in the kitchen sink classic A Taste of Honey.

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  • If someone calls his kilt a skirt, he smiles and tells them, "It's only a skirt if I'm wearing pumps with it."

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  • And I gotta admit, that leather kilt is pretty damn fucking hot.

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  • On Saturday, when we went into Newsroom for dinner, I got compliments on the kilt from a few of the women who worked there, but the male staff gave me some "what the fuck" looks.

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  • One evening, as myself and my brother, who was then a flaxen headed little fellow, dressed in kilt and tartans, were playing on the grass-plot just described, I saw a strange gentleman enter the postern; and, while we continued at our amusement, we sometimes looked up to remark on him to each other, as he walked to and fro in the pathway beyond the grass: for he appeared very different from the usual order of gentlemen we had seen.

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  • While Stormy Leather’s black leather kilt is wonderful, they didn’t have it in my size, so rather than buy it and wear it a size too big, then have it altered after the event, I decided to forgo such decadent pleasures for tomorrow night’s holiday ball.

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  • For example, shaving your legs before you wear a kilt is a party foul.

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  • We don't wear sarongs to class -- though Edwin sometimes wears a kilt, which is pretty smart, given the sand pit.

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