Definition of mitt in English:

mitt

noun

usually mitts
  • 1A mitten.

    ‘we recommend using a potholder or insulated mitt’
    • ‘‘You're awfully quiet,’ he mentioned, taking off some oven mitts and turning to face me.’
    • ‘He turned to them, slipping off his oven mitts and smiling.’
    • ‘These were served on hot plates, with the service staff wearing oven mitts.’
    • ‘Our new range for 2006 is a fully co-ordinated set of clothing, from mitts and bootees to Babygros and outdoor suits.’
    • ‘Use an oven mitt or kitchen towel when handling or cleaning the hot grill.’
    • ‘I wore an oven mitt to protect my hand from the cold.’
    • ‘It was still sizzling and even through the oven mitt, the pan was on fire.’
    • ‘I had to move fast so as not to get caught, but I managed to snag an oven mitt.’
    • ‘And chintz tea towels and oven mitts that are anything but chintzy.’
    • ‘Get this - old sweaters are unravelled on a regular basis with the wool used for ‘new’ scarves, mitts and toques.’
    • ‘For example, Irniq saw an older woman sewing reindeer skin mittens in the same way Inuit women make caribou mitts.’
    • ‘I cut the oven off and put on an oven mitt and took the tray of hot cookies out of the oven and put them onto the cooling rack with the others.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, and you lit your oven mitts on fire, too,’ I added, stifling my laughter.’
    • ‘Dressed in an apron with oven mitts to match, she noticed him and smiled.’
    • ‘To prevent thumb-sucking, one recommended pinning the sleeves shut or wrapping the baby in a shawl to sleep, while another advised sewing mitts onto pajama sleeves.’
    • ‘Buy an oven mitt and then fill it with cooking utensils from a dollar store - wooden spoons, spatula, rubber scrapers, etc.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, Sam arrived at the door, face red and hot and clad in an apron and oven mitts.’
    • ‘For problem areas such as elbows, knees, hands and feet, put on extra lotion or cream (wear mitts and footies to bed, as needed).’
    • ‘All in all, we're disappointed that we couldn't put on our oven mitts, because we were definitely in a brownie-baking mood.’
    • ‘The victim managed to retrieve her jacket and ran out the door leaving her sweater, mitts, hat and scarf inside.’
    1. 1.1 A glove leaving the fingers and thumb-tip exposed.
      • ‘There are definite tricks to tasks such as fitting a mask, manipulating camera controls, tightening straps and all the other things divers need to do without thinking about it while wearing dry gloves or mitts.’
      • ‘The temperatures of around 20F can be a problem for some pilots who have only gloves and no mitts.’
    2. 1.2 A mittenlike glove, worn by the catcher and first baseman.
      • ‘The shadowbox incorporated a baseball mitt and trophies.’
      • ‘You just don't see 10-year-old kids throwing around a rugby ball or kicking a soccer ball in the States; they've either got a baseball mitt on their hand or are throwing around a basketball or football.’
      • ‘For the love of a glove: a baseball mitt just isn't a necessary piece of equipment, it's a part of life for many players’
      • ‘I wanted a baseball mitt so bad a sweet hurt blossomed in my stomach whenever I thought about it…’
      • ‘It didn't do any good reminding them that when I was their age I only received one modest gift, a baseball mitt or electronic game.’
    3. 1.3informal A person's hand.
      • ‘They're trying to get their grubby mitts on our big cars and mansions in Pondok Indah and Bintaro.’
      • ‘And possibly most importantly, I can have that last piece of Chocolate cake before he gets his grubby little mitts on it.’
      • ‘So, if and when you finally hold a publisher's contract in your trembling little mitt, take a good look at what it says.’
      • ‘The dime-size mesh vent on the back of the hand keeps your mitts from overheating, but it can also let in moisture.’
      • ‘This big grumbly rumbly bear of a man with shoulders wider than most airline seats and mitts so big that my kitty Abby could probably sit comfortably in his palm likes my silly pet name for him.’
      • ‘Tickets for the 200-capacity date next month may have been snapped up within hours of going on sale but we have managed to get our mitts on a pair of the coveted items.’
      fist, palm
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Phrases

  • keep one's mitts off

    • informal Keep one's hands away from; not touch.

      ‘keep your mitts off the fan control!’
      • ‘The noise is just one of several barks, squeals, and cries in a squirrel's vocabulary; others connote ‘I'm angry,’ ‘Time to come home, Junior,’ and ‘I've just mated with her; keep your mitts off.’’
      • ‘But he couldn't keep his mitts off the managerial side when he should have, and he couldn't put his hand deep enough in the till when he needed to.’
      • ‘Uh, sure, as long as keep your mitts off my grub!’
      • ‘A note card is taped to the front, and in careless handwriting it says: Nora's Diary, I am eight years old, keep your mitts off, don't touch, this means you!’
      • ‘We've got our eye on that one, so keep your mitts off.’
      • ‘His critics have been relieved that he has (so far) had to keep his mitts off the Supreme Court.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: abbreviation of mitten.

Pronunciation

mitt

/mit//mɪt/