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[mit] /mɪt/
  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.
a mitten.
Slang. a hand.
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 of mitt
First recorded in 1755-65; short for mitten


(in prescriptions) send.
From the Latin word mitte Unabridged
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  • Rick had an instant's impression of sound, like a baseball slapping into a catcher's mitt.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • It's possible you've never heard of 'mitt' Bender, our crack pitcher.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Every ball player should own his own mitt or glove and become accustomed to it.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • You'll excuse me, Miss Deane, if I didn't tip all my mitt to you the other day.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • Drawing off his mitt he ascertained that the ashes in the stove were still warm.

    The Peace of Roaring River George van Schaick
British Dictionary definitions for mitt


any of various glovelike hand coverings, such as one that does not cover the fingers
short for mitten (sense 1)
(baseball) a large round thickly padded leather mitten worn by the catcher See also glove (sense 2)
(often pl) a slang word for hand
(slang) a boxing glove
Word Origin
C18: shortened from mitten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mitt

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mitt



  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)


  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+)

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tip one's mitt

[fr mitten]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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