from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of kilt.
  • n. A method of vertically arranging flat plaits such that each plait is folded so as to cover half the of the one before it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A perpendicular arrangement of flat, single plaits, each plait being folded so as to cover half the breadth of the preceding one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An arrangement of flat plaits set close together, each one hiding about half of the last, so as generally to make three thicknesses of stuff.
  • n. A tool; an instrument.
  • n. One of the component parts of a thing.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Hmmmm… I don't think I've done too good a job at 'kilting' off those rumors.

    Interview with Alexander Gordon Smith (Interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo and Cindy Hannikman)

  • They came ambling and stumbling, tumbling and capering, kilting their gowns for leap frog, holding one another back, shaken with deep false laughter, smacking one another behind and laughing at their rude malice, calling to one another by familiar nicknames, protesting with sudden dignity at some rough usage, whispering two and two behind their hands.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • She began kilting up her skirt, lifting the hem and tucking it into her belt.

    Dragons Of Summer Flame

  • I don't want you as an adversary; it's kilting me.

    Floating City

  • She stepped back into the smelly dust cloud that hung over the road, kilting up her skirts into her belt as she had seen the farm women do, and resumed her tired walk north.

    The Silent Tower

  • And he was off to the house like an obese whippet, kilting up his robe, his fat calves wobbling, while I sat alarmed and bewildered.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • Brother Cadfael had wasted no time in clambering into his boots, kilting his habit, and taking and saddling the best horse he could find in the stables.

    The Pilgrim of Hate

  • He thus cut off a detour by the roads, at the mere cost of kilting his habit above the knees, and sandals let out water as freely as they let it in.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • A bitter business, thought Cadfael, kilting his habit and going out heavily from the gate house, not worthy of being reverenced as the verdict of God.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • A few sleighs were beginning to jingle up, but most of the girls assumed moccasins, clouds, and furs, and kilting their petticoats as deftly and mysteriously as only Canadians can, set out in parties, escorted by their partners, and stepped briskly over the moon lit snow to their respective dwellings.

    Bluebell A Novel


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