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[gluhv] /glʌv/
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).
Origin of glove
before 900; Middle English; Old English glōf; cognate with Old Norse glōfi
Related forms
gloveless, adjective
glovelike, adjective
ungloved, adjective Unabridged
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  • When she had finished this operation she laid the gloves on the table.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories Marian T. MacIntosh
  • "I shouldn't be in the least surprised," Mary assented, as she finished buttoning her gloves.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “We open at nine in the morning, you know,” she smiled, putting away her keys and pulling on her gloves.

  • "Your Uncle's been asking for you, John," said the doctor, drawing on his gloves.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Marcia put off her sack and gloves, and hastily repaired the ravages of travel as best she could.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for gloves


(often pl) a shaped covering for the hand with individual sheaths for the fingers and thumb, made of leather, fabric, etc See also gauntlet1 (sense 2)
any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove
(informal) hand in glove, in an intimate relationship or close association
(informal) handle with kid gloves, to treat with extreme care
(informal) with the gloves off, (of a dispute, argument, etc) conducted mercilessly and in earnest, with no reservations
(transitive; usually passive) to cover or provide with or as if with gloves
Derived Forms
gloved, adjective
gloveless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English glōfe; related to Old Norse glōfi
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Word Origin and History for gloves



Old English glof "glove, covering for the hand," also "palm of the hand," from Proto-Germanic *galofo (cf. Old Norse glofi), probably from *ga- collective prefix + *lofi "hand" (cf. Old Norse lofi, Middle English love, Gothic lofa "flat of the hand"), from PIE *lep- "be flat; palm, sole, shoulder blade" (cf. Russian lopata "shovel;" Lithuanian lopa "claw," lopeta "shovel, spade").

German Handschuh, the usual word for "glove," literally "hand-shoe" (Old High German hantscuoh; also Danish and Swedish hantsche) is represented by Old English Handscio (the name of one of Beowulf's companions, eaten by Grendel), but this is attested only as a proper name. To fit like a glove is first recorded 1771.


"to cover or fit with a glove," c.1400, from glove (n.). Related: Gloved; gloving. Glover as a surname is from mid-13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gloves



To catch and hold the ball (1887+ Baseball)

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not lay a glove on someone

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