Definition of glory hole in English:

glory hole


  • 1informal An untidy room or cupboard used for storage.

    • ‘The delicatessen on Union Street is a glory hole of delicious deli fare, while the city's Victorian shopping arcade is one of the very few traditional arcades left in the country.’
    • ‘In reality, the glory-hole was what they called the basement-like room directly underneath the organ, where they kept the furnace that heated the church, and where all kinds of stuff was stored.’
    • ‘Suitably baited with cheese I placed the trap in the "Glory Hole," a cupboard containing all the junk we refused to throw away, situated underneath the stairs.’
    • ‘He froze - waist wedged in the hole, his lower half still in Jeeson's glory hole, his top half in the empty cellar beside it.’
    • ‘But there might be something salvageable in the loft or in the glory hole under the stairs.’
  • 2North American Mining
    An open quarry.

    • ‘The glory hole pierces a nearby hillside, leading to early Arizona's greatest seam of gold.’
    • ‘He sank his entire fortune into the mine in an unsuccessful attempt at finding another glory hole.’
    • ‘The two southernmost glory holes are large vertical features on the landscape and appear to be stopes opened to the surface.’
    • ‘Because of the type of deposits at the mine, work was by open pit methods, resulting in the digging of a glory hole on the site.’
    • ‘Following the initial excavation of the glory-hole area, an excavator was lowered into one glory hole and began digging out the material below the roof and stockpiling it at the base.’
  • 3A small furnace used to keep glass malleable so that it can be worked.

    • ‘There is nothing in the world like standing in front of a glory hole, balancing a pipe loaded with glass and feeling the heat.’
    • ‘It is possible to blow glass bigger than the glory hole size, but only if it is spun out to a platter or bowl after the last reheat.’
    • ‘My favourite term is the glory hole, a furnace you stick your punty into between gathers to keep the work sufficiently hot and soft.’
  • 4US informal A hole in a wall through which fellatio or masturbation is conducted incognito between male homosexuals.


Early 19th century: of unknown origin.