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Pronunciation: /ɡlʌv

Definition of glove in English:


1A covering for the hand worn for protection against cold or dirt and typically having separate parts for each finger and the thumb: rubber gloves a pair of black leather gloves
More example sentences
  • 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;
Computing dataglove
1.1A padded protective covering for the hand used in boxing, cricket, baseball, and other sports.
Example sentences
  • 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 wicketkeeper, baseball catcher, etc.) catch, deflect, or touch (the ball) with a gloved hand: Vaughan gloved it and got to his knees to throw
More example sentences
  • 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 someone like a glove

(Of clothes) fit someone exactly: the shoe fitted him like a glove figurative this analysis of the institutional mind fits the police world like a glove
More example sentences
  • 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 ruthless way: for the banks chasing this growing business, the gloves are now definitely off
More example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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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