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mitt

[mit] /mɪt/
noun
1.
Baseball.
  1. a rounded glove with one internal section for the four fingers and another for the thumb and having the side next to the palm of the hand protected by a thick padding, used by catchers.
  2. a somewhat similar glove but with less padding and having sections for the thumb and one or two fingers, used by first basemen.
    Compare baseball glove.
2.
a mitten.
3.
Slang. a hand.
4.
a glove that leaves the lower ends of the fingers bare, especially a long one made of lace or other fancy material and worn by women.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; short for mitten

mitt.

1.
(in prescriptions) send.
Origin
< Latin mitte
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Examples from the web for mitt
  • Seeing the position of the mitt at the catch is where the decision chain begins, followed by the ball in the zone decision.
  • Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
British Dictionary definitions for mitt

mitt

/mɪt/
noun
1.
any of various glovelike hand coverings, such as one that does not cover the fingers
2.
short for mitten (sense 1)
3.
(baseball) a large round thickly padded leather mitten worn by the catcher See also glove (sense 2)
4.
(often pl) a slang word for hand
5.
(slang) a boxing glove
Word Origin
C18: shortened from mitten
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Word Origin and History for mitt
n.

1765, shortened form of mitten (q.v.). Baseball sense is from 1902. Slang sense of "hand" is from 1896.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mitt

mitt

noun
  1. The hand: snatched right out of his mitt (1896+)
  2. A boxing glove: have the big mitts on (1812+ Prizefighting)
  3. mitt-reader (1914+ Circus & carnival)
verb
  1. To clasp hands above one's head as a sign of victory and acknowledgment of applause: sitting in his corner and mitting the crowd (1920s+ Prizefighting)
  2. To shake hands: Mitt me, pal, I done it (1924+)
Related Terms

tip one's mitt

[fr mitten]


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