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glory hole

  1. the quarters on a ship that are occupied by the stewards or stokers.
  2. lazaretto (def 3).
  3. any locker or enclosed space for loose gear.
Glassmaking. an auxiliary furnace for reheating glass that has cooled during offhand blowing.
Mining. drawhole.
Origin of glory hole
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In fact, he can live in a modern house with no back yard, no "glory-hole" whatever.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • But when he fell out with old John Holman he–well, there was an explosion underground and the glory-hole stope caved in.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for glory-hole

glory hole

(informal) a room, cupboard, or other storage space that contains an untidy and miscellaneous collection of objects
(nautical) another term for lazaretto (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for glory-hole

glory hole


"a drawer or place where things are heaped together in a disorderly manner," 1825, the first element probably a variant of Scottish glaur "to make muddy" (mid-15c.), perhaps from Old Norse leir "mud." Sexual (originally homosexual) sense from 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glory-hole

glory hole


: A private glory-hole club makes a lot more sense

noun phrase

A hole between stalls in a toilet, through which the penis may be put for oral sex (1940s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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