Definition of glove in English:



  • 1A covering for the hand worn for protection against cold or dirt and typically having separate parts for each finger and the thumb.

    ‘rubber gloves’
    ‘a pair of black leather gloves’
    • ‘Using it with cold fingers in thick gloves, I found it rather fiddly.’
    • ‘Somewhere he had picked up a pair of black gloves with the fingers cut out and had taken a liking to them.’
    • ‘Problem is I neglected to buy rubber gloves so my fingers are all tingly and I have the cleanest nails known to mankind.’
    • ‘She then wriggled her fingers within the gloves and ran them across a glass counter.’
    • ‘His nose was freezing, and the cold was penetrating his gloves, working into his fingers.’
    • ‘After I had moved several maps and a pair of worn out gloves from her seat, she climbed in.’
    • ‘He also had on a green jumper, a pair of dark blue woollen gloves, jeans and trainers.’
    • ‘He wore black gloves with fingers that stopped at the knuckles on both of his hands.’
    • ‘She slipped her hands in side her brown fingerless gloves, and then laced up her big brown boots.’
    • ‘Soot covered his rubber gloves and apron, his sweat contributing to the stench.’
    • ‘An ordinary glove or mitten may be worn on the bow hand.’
    • ‘In one case, boxers wore leather gloves laden with metal studs.’
    • ‘Although workers may find latex gloves sweaty and cumbersome, they are also an inexpensive preventive measure.’
    • ‘He wrapped the fingers of his heavy glove around her right forearm.’
    • ‘He puts on a pair of latex gloves and tears a fresh needle from a packet.’
    • ‘The boxes are full of clothing, winter jackets, mittens and gloves, food and blankets.’
    • ‘I wrapped up under plenty of layers, but could still feel the cold inside my gloves and the nettles along the side of the road were frosty.’
    • ‘To each of these outings they were expected to wear formal attire including hat and gloves.’
    • ‘People were bundled up in scarves and hats and snowpants and mittens and gloves.’
    mitten, mitt, gauntlet
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    1. 1.1 A padded protective covering for the hand used in boxing, cricket, baseball, and other sports.
      • ‘The last time he used a glove in a major league game was in 2001 when he played five innings as a first baseman.’
      • ‘I read an article which claimed that bare-knuckle fighting in barns is safer than official boxing with gloves on.’
      • ‘And most spectators are alert, many of them bringing their own baseball gloves to catch souvenirs.’
      • ‘He hasn't had much trouble with his footwork at first base but is adjusting to the larger glove.’
      • ‘He tried to get me to sell him my baseball glove today.’
      • ‘Of course you can always bring along some baseball gloves and a ball for a game of catch.’
      • ‘There's no day-glo in evidence, and certainly no signed baseball gloves stuck to the walls.’
      • ‘It's sort of like trying a new glove in baseball; it takes a while to get used to it.’
      • ‘In practice rounds, my caddie and I work on my short game with a baseball glove.’
      • ‘But after a few years, he realized he could win games with his glove, not just his bat.’
      • ‘He turned over the puck, then dropped his glove and shook his hand as play continued.’
      • ‘I love it when my friends come over to my house and they bring their baseball gloves.’
      • ‘Patrick came loping in, angrily slamming a baseball into his glove.’
      • ‘Both competitors will get in the ring with maximum protection - including mouth guards, gloves and headgear.’
      • ‘That pitch was in the catcher's glove before the bat was off his shoulder.’
      • ‘Here the boy acquired a second-hand pair of gloves and led his obscure bush school to a state championship.’
      • ‘She rubbed the baseball into her glove, spit, and prepared to pitch.’
      • ‘After filling in as a bowler last week the veteran player took up the wicketkeeping gloves this week.’
      • ‘He always had his baseball glove hitched to his side and always welcomed a game of catch.’
      • ‘The root of this bonding most likely starts with a game of catch, or better yet, one's first baseball glove.’


[with object]informal
  • (of a wicketkeeper, baseball catcher, etc.) catch, deflect, or touch (the ball) with a gloved hand.

    ‘Vaughan gloved it and got to his knees to throw’
    • ‘The final pitch of the night was perfectly in the strike zone and perfectly gloved by the catcher.’
    • ‘Last year, he had little trouble gloving grounders, but his throws were erratic.’
    • ‘The ball was gloved far above his head and the inning was over.’
    • ‘Fending the ball off his face, he could only glove the ball to the wicket keeper.’
    • ‘He continued his attack, but on 85 he gloved the ball into his face and had to retire hurt.’
    • ‘England's wicketkeeper didn't so much glove the ball as swat it away.’
    • ‘Indeed he was given not out when he appeared to glove a catch down the leg side off his first ball.’
    • ‘Two of those were by Oldfield too, as he gloved his way to a Test-record 52 stumpings overall.’


  • fit someone like a glove

    • (of clothes) fit someone exactly.

      ‘the shoe fitted him like a glove’
      figurative ‘this analysis of the institutional mind fits the police world like a glove’
      • ‘My husband was measured for a pair of boots that were delivered to us three days later, fitting him like a glove.’
      • ‘It fit him like a glove, his broad shoulders appearing even broader, tapering to his gym-honed waist.’
      • ‘Of powder blue watered silk, Maria's new dress fitted her like a glove, the tightness of the bodice accentuating her tiny waist and contrasting with the fullness of her skirts.’
      • ‘Kat got up and walked over, the black military uniform fitting her like a glove as her brown braid bumped against her back.’
      • ‘His pants fit him like a glove, enhancing his rockstar persona.’
      • ‘Somewhere she had found a tunic and a pair of breeches that fit her like a glove, emphasizing her perfect figure.’
      • ‘His million-dollar suit and shiny black shoes fitted him like a glove.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that this look doesn't suit everyone and that your trousers will need to fit you like a glove.’
      • ‘She looked at herself in the mirror, it fitted her like a glove, and it was not even showing too much cleavage as the other dresses she had tried on.’
      • ‘The natural elegance with which he wore his tuxedo and the way it fit him like a glove combined to create a stunning image that captivated and called to her.’
      be the correct size, be the right size, be the correct size for, be the right size for, be big enough, be small enough, be big enough for, be small enough for, be the right shape, be the right shape for
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  • the gloves are off (or with the gloves off or take the gloves off)

    • Used to express the notion that something will be done in an uncompromising or ruthless way.

      ‘for the banks chasing this growing business, the gloves are now definitely off’
      • ‘The nominations have been confirmed and the gloves are off - the candidates for next month's elections are squaring up for their May 1st showdown.’
      • ‘I love it when we can all take the gloves off and tell each other what we really think.’
      • ‘But as soon as the bell goes for the first pint the gloves are off.’
      • ‘But I think probably the first thing to do would be to really take the gloves off with the air campaign.’
      • ‘‘They're definitely taking the gloves off,’ said the source.’
      • ‘It is time to take the gloves off and treat criminal organisations with the only weapon that will do the job - that is, take away their ill-gotten gains.’
      • ‘‘Up to now they've been cautious for obvious reasons, but now is the time to take the gloves off,’ he said at the workshop.’
      • ‘This is car parking with the gloves off, so to speak; bare-knuckle stuff.’
      • ‘Let's finally take the gloves off here and start calling a spade a spade.’
      • ‘Most Australians are very approachable and happy-go-lucky, but once you get them on the field the gloves are off.’


Old English glōf, of Germanic origin.