Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's slip or underskirt that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace. Also called pettiskirt.
  • n. Something, such as a decorative valance or flounce, that resembles a woman's underskirt.
  • adj. Slang Female; feminine.
  • adj. Slang Of, relating to, or carried out by women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tight, usually padded undercoat worn by men over a shirt and under the doublet.
  • n. A woman's undercoat, worn to be displayed beneath an open gown.
  • n. A type of ornamental skirt or underskirt, often displayed below a dress; chiefly in plural, designating a woman's skirts collectively.
  • n. A light woman's undergarment worn under a dress or skirt, and hanging either from the shoulders or (now especially) from the waist; a kind of slip, worn to make the skirt fuller, or for extra warmth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short coat or garment worn by men under the long overcoat.
  • n. A skirt: formerly, the skirt of a woman's dress or robe, frequently worn over a hoop or farthingale; now, an underskirt worn by women and children; also, in the plural, skirts worn by very young boys.
  • n.
  • n. A woman; a female.
  • n. A garment worn by fishermen in warm weather, made of oilcloth or coarse canvas, very wide and descending to the calf of the leg, generally with an insertion for each leg, but sometimes like a woman's petticoat, with no intersecting seam, and worn over the common dress.
  • n. In archery, the ground of a target, beyond the white. Also called
  • n. The depending skirt or inverted cup-shaped part of an insulator for supporting telegraph-lines, the function of which is to protect the stem from rain.
  • Of or pertaining to petticoats; feminine; female: as, petticoat influence.
  • n. In electricity, on an insulator for outdoor service, a downward projecting mantle intended to shed the rain-water.

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

  • n. undergarment worn under a skirt

Etymologies

Middle English peticote : peti, small; see petty + cote, coat; see coat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From petty +‎ coat. (Wiktionary)

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    That said, I have spent many days in petticoats, which are really nothing but long underskirts. And I can tell you it is far, far more important and interesting to spend a day in stays or even a lace-up bodice, and those damn shoes women had to wear.

    November 15, 2008

  • A writer once told me: "don't venture outside your area of expertise."
    If you've never spent a day in a petticoat, don't write a sentence about petticoats unless it discusses your lack of knowledge of said undergarment.
    eg: don't write a novel set in the Victorian era unless you've studied the Victorian era or are writing a novel about knowing nothing about the Victorian era

    November 15, 2008

  • Also, something to keep your skirts at their fullest.

    October 30, 2007

  • Or, something to junction.

    October 29, 2007

  • Something to cling to.

    October 29, 2007