a covering for the hand made with a separate sheath for each finger and for the thumb.
verb (used with object), gloved, gloving.
to cover with or as if with a glove; provide with gloves.
to serve as a glove for.
hand and glove. hand ( def 55 ).
handle with kid gloves. kid gloves ( def 2 ).
take up the glove. gauntlet1 ( def 4 ).
throw down the glove. gauntlet1 ( def 5 ).

before 900; Middle English; Old English glōf; cognate with Old Norse glōfi

gloveless, adjective
glovelike, adjective
ungloved, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
glove (ɡlʌv)
1.  (often plural) See also gauntlet a shaped covering for the hand with individual sheaths for the fingers and thumb, made of leather, fabric, etc
2.  any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove
3.  informal hand in glove in an intimate relationship or close association
4.  informal handle with kid gloves to treat with extreme care
5.  informal with the gloves off (of a dispute, argument, etc) conducted mercilessly and in earnest, with no reservations
6.  (tr; usually passive) to cover or provide with or as if with gloves
[Old English glōfe; related to Old Norse glōfi]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. glof "covering for the hand," also "palm of the hand," from P.Gmc. *galofo (cf. O.N. glofi), probably from *ga- collective prefix + *lofi "hand" (cf. O.N. lofi, M.E. love, Goth. lofa "flat of the hand"). Ger. Handschuh, the usual word for "glove," lit. "hand-shoe" (O.H.G. hantscuoh; also Dan., Swed.
hantsche) is represented by O.E. Handscio, but this is only attested as a proper name. To fit like a glove is first recorded 1771.
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Idioms & Phrases


see fit like a glove; hand in glove; handle with kid gloves; hang up (one's gloves); with the gloves off.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
He took off his glove and showed one shrivelled hand.
He has been adamant about not wanting to wear a glove on his throwing hand,
  something he has never tried.
His right-hand glove had a leak and his hand swelled to twice normal size.
The hand without the glove screws down the lid on the jar of caterpillars, but
  the apple trees are already infested.
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