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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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was eagerly looked for, and Mrs. mitts was closely watched.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • His hands, encased in mitts, had placed him at a woeful disadvantage.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Some of 'em don't put on the mitts at all, but most of 'em works up to that.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "I'm glad the Fourth's over, anyway," she said as she took up her parasol and mitts.

  • The balls, bats, mitts, and other playthings were too big for me.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • He was no slouch himself when it came to putting on the mitts.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • His cap had stuck to his head, and he had not even lost his mitts.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • Spider was no great shakes with the mitts but he had some bright ideas.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • A pair of baby's mitts of fine lace also may be seen at the Essex Institute.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Weve all got our High School uniforms and weve all got bats and mitts and things.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for mitts


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 mitts



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 mitts



A pair of handcuffs (1950s+ Underworld) Mitty

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walter mitty



  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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