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


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


  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Somewhere she had found a tunic and a pair of breeches that fit her like a glove, emphasizing her perfect figure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His million-dollar suit and shiny black shoes fitted him like a glove.’
      • ‘His pants fit him like a glove, enhancing his rockstar persona.’
      • ‘Kat got up and walked over, the black military uniform fitting her like a glove as her brown braid bumped against her back.’
      • ‘It fit him like a glove, his broad shoulders appearing even broader, tapering to his gym-honed waist.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that this look doesn't suit everyone and that your trousers will need to fit you like a glove.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I love it when we can all take the gloves off and tell each other what we really think.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I think probably the first thing to do would be to really take the gloves off with the air campaign.’
      • ‘But as soon as the bell goes for the first pint the gloves are off.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.