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pet·ti·coat

 (pĕt′ē-kōt′)
n.
A girl's or woman's undergarment, worn under a dress or skirt, that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace. Also called pettiskirt.
adj. Slang
Relating to or characteristic of women.

[Middle English peticote : peti, small; see petty + cote, coat; see coat.]

pet′ti·coat′ed adj.

petticoat

(ˈpɛtɪˌkəʊt)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's light undergarment in the form of an underskirt or including a bodice supported by shoulder straps
2. informal
a. a humorous or mildly disparaging name for a woman
b. (as modifier): petticoat politics.
[C15: see petty, coat]

pet•ti•coat

(ˈpɛt iˌkoʊt)

n.
1. an underskirt, esp. one that is full and often trimmed and ruffled.
2. any skirtlike part or covering.
3. Sometimes Offensive. a woman or girl.
adj.
4. Sometimes Offensive. female; feminine.
[1375–1425]
usage: Definitions 4 and 5 are sometimes perceived as insulting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petticoat - undergarment worn under a skirtpetticoat - undergarment worn under a skirt  
crinoline - a full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric
undergarment, unmentionable - a garment worn under other garments

petticoat

noun underskirt, slip, undergarment, half-slip, underslip a lace-trimmed petticoat
Translations
spodnička
underkjoleunderskørt
alushame
podsuknja
alsószoknya
undirpils
アンダースカート
속치마
apatinis sijonas
apakšsvārki
underkjol
กระโปรงชั้นในผู้หญิง
iç eteklikjüpon
váy mặc trong

petticoat

[ˈpetɪkəʊt] Nenagua(s) f(pl); (= slip) → combinación f

petticoat

[ˈpɛtikəʊt] njupon m

petticoat

nUnterrock m; (stiffened) → Petticoat m; petticoat governmentWeiberherrschaft f, → Weiberregiment nt

petticoat

[ˈpɛtɪˌkəʊt] n (full-length) → sottoveste f; (waist) → sottogonna f

petticoat

(ˈpetikəut) noun
an underskirt. a lace-trimmed petticoat.

petticoat

تَنُّورَةٌ تـَحْتِيَّة spodnička underkjole Unterrock μισοφόρι enaguas alushame jupon podsuknja sottogonna アンダースカート 속치마 onderrok underskjørt halka anágua, saia de baixo нижняя юбка underkjol กระโปรงชั้นในผู้หญิง jüpon váy mặc trong 衬裙
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I answered that the women-servants had crowded into the room on the previous morning, and that some of their petticoats had done the mischief, "Superintendent Seegrave ordered them out, sir," I added, "before they did any more harm.
Ben and Letty Garth, who were uncle and aunt before they were well in their teens, disputed much as to whether nephews or nieces were more desirable; Ben contending that it was clear girls were good for less than boys, else they would not be always in petticoats, which showed how little they were meant for; whereupon Letty, who argued much from books, got angry in replying that God made coats of skins for both Adam and Eve alike--also it occurred to her that in the East the men too wore petticoats.
She was, moreover, excellently well skilled in the doctrine of amour, and knew better than anybody who and who were together; a knowledge which she the more easily attained, as her pursuit of it was never diverted by any affairs of her own; for either she had no inclinations, or they had never been solicited; which last is indeed very probable; for her masculine person, which was near six foot high, added to her manner and learning, possibly prevented the other sex from regarding her, notwithstanding her petticoats, in the light of a woman.
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
A whiff of dust from the road had blown in and she wiped her cheeks and her eyes with her soft, white handkerchief, a homemade handkerchief, fabricated from one of her old fine muslin petticoats.
And they used to wear hooped petticoats of such enormous size that it was quite a journey to walk round them.
It was indeed to the fortunate accident of its being washing-day at the pretty cottage near which in the course of my morning wanderings I had set me down to rest, that I owed the sight of the petticoat in question.
Her print gown was tucked up, and she was wearing a large apron over her striped petticoat.
Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.
Nay, Sancho," returned Teresa; "marry her to her equal, that is the safest plan; for if you put her out of wooden clogs into high-heeled shoes, out of her grey flannel petticoat into hoops and silk gowns, out of the plain 'Marica' and 'thou,' into 'Dona So-and-so' and 'my lady,' the girl won't know where she is, and at every turn she will fall into a thousand blunders that will show the thread of her coarse homespun stuff.
She wore a beaver had with blue feathers, a surtout of gray-pearl velvet, fastened with diamond clasps, and a petticoat of blue satin, embroidered with silver.
It required some glorified petticoat to account for that 'Love-cycle,' and that's the shame of it.