Shirt \Shirt\, n. [OE. schirte, sherte, schurte; akin to Icel. skyrta, Dan. skiorte, Sw. skjorta, Dan. ski["o]rt a petticoat, D. schort a petticoat, an argon, G. schurz, sch["u]rze, an argon; all probably from the root of E. short, as being originally a short garment. See {Short}, and cf. {Skirt}.] 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. [1913 Webster] Several persons in December had nothing over their shoulders but their shirts. --Addison. [1913 Webster] She had her shirts and girdles of hair. --Bp. Fisher. [1913 Webster]