Home » Dictionary » redshirt


redshirt v. to hold a child back for an extra year before admittance into kindergarten. Etymological Note: From sports, where “red-shirting” is holding a player back for an extra season or semester in order to maximize his or her total years of eligibility, to increase skills or maturity, or to otherwise improve suitability for a team or roster. In that context, the term dates to at least as early as 1950. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Further reading


juicy noun. A person who illicitly carries alcohol in a water bottle. «Gwen Alexander, who’s been working at the Astoria pool for two years, confirms there haven’t been any issues with fighting this year but she said rule enforcement is...

Double-Tongued Dictionary and A Way with Words

The New Home of Double-Tongued Dictionary

Starting today, the Double-Tongued Dictionary is now a part of A Way with Words! That means that more than 18,000 dictionary records are now at home here and searchable from the top of every page. These are undocumented or under-documented words...