• synonyms

glory hole

  1. Nautical.
    1. the quarters on a ship that are occupied by the stewards or stokers.
    2. lazaretto(def 3).
    3. any locker or enclosed space for loose gear.
  2. Glassmaking. an auxiliary furnace for reheating glass that has cooled during offhand blowing.
  3. Mining. drawhole.
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Origin of glory hole

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of glory hole

  • But when he fell out with old John Holman he–well, there was an explosion underground and the glory-hole stope caved in.

    Shadow Mountain

    Dane Coolidge

  • In fact, he can live in a modern house with no back yard, no "glory-hole" whatever.

    Upon The Tree-Tops

    Olive Thorne Miller

British Dictionary definitions for glory hole

glory hole

  1. informal a room, cupboard, or other storage space that contains an untidy and miscellaneous collection of objects
  2. nautical another term for lazaretto (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for glory hole


"a drawer or place where things are heaped together in a disorderly manner," 1825, the first element probably a variant of Scottish glaur "to make muddy" (mid-15c.), perhaps from Old Norse leir "mud." Sexual (originally homosexual) sense from 1940s.

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