[ gluhv ]
See synonyms for: gloveglovedglovesgloving on

  1. a covering for the hand made with a separate sheath for each finger and for the thumb.

verb (used with object),gloved, glov·ing.
  1. to cover with or as if with a glove; provide with gloves.

  2. to serve as a glove for.

Idioms about glove

  1. hand and glove. hand (def. 56).

  2. handle with kid gloves. kid gloves (def. 2).

  1. take up the glove. gauntlet1 (def. 4).

  2. throw down the glove. gauntlet1 (def. 5).

Origin of glove

before 900; Middle English; Old English glōf; cognate with Old Norse glōfi

Other words from glove

  • gloveless, adjective
  • glovelike, adjective
  • un·gloved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use glove in a sentence

  • Then she noticed the letter which the child had given her, still lying on the dressing table, with her gloves.

  • He dashed up to the drawing-room; his wife was coming forth then, her cloak and gloves on, her fan in her hand.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • She wore a dust-colored habit with divided skirt, and a soft felt hat and gloves of the same shade.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Dr. Stanmore came down the flagged path from the smith's cottage, pulling on his gloves.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • A soiled bonnet cap, untidy strings, or torn gloves and collar will utterly spoil the prettiest costume.

British Dictionary definitions for glove


/ (ɡlʌv) /

  1. (often plural) a shaped covering for the hand with individual sheaths for the fingers and thumb, made of leather, fabric, etc: See also gauntlet 1 (def. 2)

  2. any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove

  1. hand in glove informal in an intimate relationship or close association

  2. handle with kid gloves informal to treat with extreme care

  3. with the gloves off informal (of a dispute, argument, etc) conducted mercilessly and in earnest, with no reservations

  1. (tr; usually passive) to cover or provide with or as if with gloves

Origin of glove

Old English glōfe; related to Old Norse glōfi

Derived forms of glove

  • gloved, adjective
  • gloveless, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with glove


see fit like a glove; hand in glove; handle with kid gloves; hang up (one's gloves); with the gloves off.

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