1. A knee-length wrap skirt with vertical knife pleats on the sides and back made from a tartan woolen cloth and traditionally worn by men of the Scottish Highlands. (Traditional usage)
2. A skirt similar to the traditional Scottish kilt, and may have differing properties such as a solid color, non-tartan patterns, having pleats all around, or varying overall lengths. Generally associated with being worn by men and boys, but is sometimes worn by women and girls. (More common usage)
3. Any other type of skirt sold as a kilt, or a skirt worn by men. (Most liberal interpretation)
1. To tuck up or gather into pleats, as in making a kilt.
2. To wear or equip with a kilt.
A kilt is a man's skirt and traditionally a masculine garment. Despite this and because most types of skirts in western culture are worn by women, it causes great anxiety and insecurity amongst individuals of both genders including some men who wear kilts and some men who don't like kilts.
Some men who don't wear kilts can bequite hostile towards, and question the masculinity of, male kilt wearers. They credential their own manliness by trying to diminish the manhood of others. They may also feel threatened by the self-confidence of a man who wears a kilt, and jealousy because of the appeal it has with some women who themselves don't find it threatening. Though they are often very homophobic towards kilt wearers, they are ironically quite familiar with unusal and scatological sexual acts between men.
Some men who do wear kilts try diligently to convince themselves and others that a kilt isn't a skirt. Some kilted men feel injured and angered by others who refer to their kilts as skirts. Such a man may even suggest severe permanent injury to anyone who dares realize that a kilt is a skirt.
Both extreme reactions may be caused by insecurity in one's own masculinity.
And one says to the other with a twinkle in her eye
And there behold, for them to see, beneath his Scottish skirt
Was nothing more than God had graced him with upon his birth
Real men wear Kilts...lesser men can't handle it
Also worn by soldiers in Scottish regiments into many battles. Despite comments here Scottish regiments have some of the proudest heritage in the world.
The kilt is a wonderful garment to wear as it is cool in summer and warm in winter and is also generally worn without any undergarments giving a wonderfully free sensation.
Contrary to some opinions stated here, it is most certainly not a "gay" item. In fact it probably takes more balls to wear one than those people have!
Some tradition-minded blokes favor this skirt-like garment, because:
a) They can show off their clan's or regiment's tartan.
b) They can conveniently ventilate their dorks.
Angus: Loch Ness Monster, me lassie!
Another common misconception about the kilt is the belief that it takes 8 yards of fabric to make a true kilt. Not true. Back in the day, fabric was produced in 30" width segments. A scotsman would purchase 8 or so yards (depending on how big he was) and sew it together lengthwise, thus giving him a large, 4 yard piece of fabric for a Great Kilt. Later on, when the kilt lost the shoulder plaid, the need to sew the extra four yards on was lost. And so the truely traditional kilt only consists of four yards of material, box-pleated. The concept of having 8 whole yards of fabric hanging off your ass is rediculous.
The fact that fish grow as big as their environment allows applies here as well. A kilted man enjoys freedom and ventilation that tighty-wighty wearers can only dream of. Many people, most notably trouser-wearers, are intimidated by the presence of a kilt-wearing man. They are uncomfortable that their own manly-confidence is completely eclipsed by a man in a kilt. Because of this, ball-less nut-muncher morons like Michael, John and Richard (Read their idiotic entries at the last page for kilt.) will attempt to tear down the kilt-wearer's utterly overwhelming manliness by accusing them of being faggy. Even the most inexperienced kilt wearer will laugh in the faces of moron's like these, who will never enjoy all the womanly attention that kilts attract.
It takes a someone highly secure in his manhood to don a kilt.