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mitt

Syllabification: mitt

Definition of mitt in English:

noun

(usually mitts)
1A mitten: oven mitts
More example sentences
  • And chintz tea towels and oven mitts that are anything but chintzy.
  • A few seconds later, Sam arrived at the door, face red and hot and clad in an apron and oven mitts.
  • Dressed in an apron with oven mitts to match, she noticed him and smiled.
1.1 Baseball A mittenlike glove, worn by the catcher and first baseman.
Example sentences
  • For the love of a glove: a baseball mitt just isn't a necessary piece of equipment, it's a part of life for many players
  • You just don't see 10-year-old kids throwing around a rugby ball or kicking a soccer ball in the States; they've either got a baseball mitt on their hand or are throwing around a basketball or football.
  • I wanted a baseball mitt so bad a sweet hurt blossomed in my stomach whenever I thought about it…
1.2A glove leaving the fingers and thumb-tip exposed.
Example sentences
  • There are definite tricks to tasks such as fitting a mask, manipulating camera controls, tightening straps and all the other things divers need to do without thinking about it while wearing dry gloves or mitts.
  • The temperatures of around 20F can be a problem for some pilots who have only gloves and no mitts.
1.3 informal A person’s hand.
Example sentences
  • This big grumbly rumbly bear of a man with shoulders wider than most airline seats and mitts so big that my kitty Abby could probably sit comfortably in his palm likes my silly pet name for him.
  • They're trying to get their grubby mitts on our big cars and mansions in Pondok Indah and Bintaro.
  • Tickets for the 200-capacity date next month may have been snapped up within hours of going on sale but we have managed to get our mitts on a pair of the coveted items.

Origin

mid 18th century: abbreviation of mitten.

Phrases

keep one's mitts off

1
informal Keep one’s hands away from; not touch: keep your mitts off the fan control!
More example sentences
  • A note card is taped to the front, and in careless handwriting it says: Nora's Diary, I am eight years old, keep your mitts off, don't touch, this means you!
  • The noise is just one of several barks, squeals, and cries in a squirrel's vocabulary; others connote ‘I'm angry,’ ‘Time to come home, Junior,’ and ‘I've just mated with her; keep your mitts off.’
  • We've got our eye on that one, so keep your mitts off.

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