Pronunciation: (pet'ē-kōt"),[key] —n. 1. Also called pettiskirt. an underskirt, esp. one that is full and often trimmed and ruffled and of a decorative fabric.
2. any skirtlike part or covering.
3. a flounce or valance fitting around the sides of a bed, couch, or chair, as to conceal the legs.
4. Informal.a woman or girl.
—adj. of, pertaining to, or controlled by women; female; feminine: petticoat government.