Definition of glove in English:


Syllabification: glove
Pronunciation: /ɡləv


1A covering for the hand worn for protection against cold or dirt and typically having separate parts for each finger and the thumb.
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  • Using it with cold fingers in thick gloves, I found it rather fiddly.
  • Problem is I neglected to buy rubber gloves so my fingers are all tingly and I have the cleanest nails known to mankind.
  • His nose was freezing, and the cold was penetrating his gloves, working into his fingers.
mitten, mitt, gauntlet
1.1A padded protective covering for the hand used in boxing, baseball, and other sports.
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  • It's sort of like trying a new glove in baseball; it takes a while to get used to it.
  • He always had his baseball glove hitched to his side and always welcomed a game of catch.
  • The last time he used a glove in a major league game was in 2001 when he played five innings as a first baseman.


[with object] informal Back to top  
(Of a baseball catcher) catch, deflect, or touch (the ball) with one’s glove.
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  • Last year, he had little trouble gloving grounders, but his throws were erratic.
  • Fending the ball off his face, he could only glove the ball to the wicket keeper.
  • He continued his attack, but on 85 he gloved the ball into his face and had to retire hurt.


Old English glōf, of Germanic origin.


fit like a glove

(Of clothes) fit exactly.
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  • My husband was measured for a pair of boots that were delivered to us three days later, fitting him like a glove.
  • Kat got up and walked over, the black military uniform fitting her like a glove as her brown braid bumped against her back.
  • His million-dollar suit and shiny black shoes fitted him like a glove.

the gloves are off (or with the gloves off or take the gloves off)

Used to express the notion that something will be done in an uncompromising or brutal way, without compunction or hesitation: for the banks chasing this growing business, the gloves are now definitely off
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  • But I think probably the first thing to do would be to really take the gloves off with the air campaign.
  • This is car parking with the gloves off, so to speak; bare-knuckle stuff.
  • But as soon as the bell goes for the first pint the gloves are off.



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  • His hair was covered with snow, and his gloved fingers shook as he rubbed his nose ruefully.
  • He held another letter over the candle, letting it burn down to the tips of his gloved fingers.
  • Catherine just grinned and put a gloved finger to her lips to keep them quiet as she passed them.


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  • The catcher then puts his gloveless hand between his legs and flashes the sign to signal the next pitch.
  • A hand grabbed hers in the dark, warm and gloveless, and she pulled back instinctively.
  • During its pioneer beginnings, baseball was a gloveless sport.

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