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

  • n. A garment for the upper part of the body, typically having a collar, sleeves, and a front opening.
  • n. An undershirt.
  • n. A nightshirt.
  • idiom keep (one's) shirt on Slang To remain calm or patient: The plane doesn't land for another hour, so keep your shirt on.
  • idiom lose (one's) shirt Slang To lose everything one has or owns.
  • idiom the shirt off (one's) back Slang The maximum one is able to give or lose: The only thing those swindlers didn't take was the shirt off my back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An article of clothing that is worn on the upper part of the body, and often has sleeves, either long or short, that cover the arms.
  • n. a member of the shirt-wearing team.
  • v. To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as if with a shirt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose under-garment for the upper part of the body, made of cotton, linen, or other material; -- formerly used of the under-garment of either sex, now commonly restricted to that worn by men and boys.
  • v. To cover or clothe with a shirt, or as with a shirt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To clothe with a shirt; hence, by extension, to clothe; cover.
  • n. A garment, formerly the chief under-garment of both sexes.
  • n. The amnion, or some part of it.
  • n. In a blast-furnace, an interior lining.

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

  • n. a garment worn on the upper half of the body
  • v. put a shirt on


Middle English shirte, from Old English scyrte, short garment; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scyrte, from Germanic *skurtijōn. Cognate with Dutch schort, German Schürze ("apron"). Skirt is a parallel formation from Old Norse; compare also short, from the same ultimate source. (Wiktionary)



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  • Maybe a "one-liner" tag too. :-)

    November 2, 2007

  • What about good one-liners? We have them in spades.

    November 2, 2007

  • I love it! How soon can you make one up? :-)

    October 18, 2007

  • Haha, like a band shirt, with all the cities listed on the back? I like! We'll need a totally metal font for that... Limozeen!! ;-)

    October 18, 2007

  • I got it. "Wordie: Threads of Legend Tour." Then we can list all of everyone's favorites in the same place, like drinking problem, sausage fest, neener, sprite, et al.

    October 18, 2007

  • Yes, excellent idea. Just tagged chaordic.

    October 17, 2007

  • Excellent suggestion.

    October 17, 2007

  • I suggest we use this as a tag for any words where we have a t-shirt suggestion. There are quite a few that need to be tagged from the merch page. This will allow us to use this list to transfer the suggestions to Cafe Press.

    October 17, 2007