- to cover with or as if with a glove; provide with gloves.
- to serve as a glove for.
Origin of glove
Examples from the Web for gloves
The organization also provides PPE and gloves to keep health workers and patients safe from the deadly virus during vaccination.Ebola Is Destroying Liberia’s Vaccination Program
Wade C.L. Williams
November 7, 2014
The jacket and gloves were a precaution in the event the eaglet panicked, but there was little fuss as he tossed the net over her.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
When I did finally find acting, it fit like the perfect pair of gloves.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
The gloves washing with the alcohol, that makes sense to me.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
October 21, 2014
Plus wearing gowns, gloves, goggles and masks imparts an eerie moonwalk sensation as one enters the facility.Caring for Ebola Patients Deeply Scary For Health Care Workers
August 2, 2014
"I'll come," said he, disappearing in search of cap and gloves.Viviette
William J. Locke
"I shouldn't be in the least surprised," Mary assented, as she finished buttoning her gloves.
From spats to hat, from walking coat to gloves, everything was perfect of its kind.
She went straight to the south room, pulling off her gloves on the way.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"Your Uncle's been asking for you, John," said the doctor, drawing on his gloves.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- (often plural) a shaped covering for the hand with individual sheaths for the fingers and thumb, made of leather, fabric, etcSee also gauntlet 1 (def. 2)
- any of various large protective hand covers worn in sports, such as a boxing glove
- hand in glove informal in an intimate relationship or close association
- handle with kid gloves informal to treat with extreme care
- with the gloves off informal (of a dispute, argument, etc) conducted mercilessly and in earnest, with no reservations
- (tr; usually passive) to cover or provide with or as if with gloves
Word Origin and History for gloves
"to cover or fit with a glove," c.1400, from glove (n.). Related: Gloved; gloving. Glover as a surname is from mid-13c.
Old English glof "glove, covering for the hand," also "palm of the hand," from Proto-Germanic *galofo (cf. Old Norse glofi), probably from *ga- collective prefix + *lofi "hand" (cf. Old Norse lofi, Middle English love, Gothic lofa "flat of the hand"), from PIE *lep- "be flat; palm, sole, shoulder blade" (cf. Russian lopata "shovel;" Lithuanian lopa "claw," lopeta "shovel, spade").
German Handschuh, the usual word for "glove," literally "hand-shoe" (Old High German hantscuoh; also Danish and Swedish hantsche) is represented by Old English Handscio (the name of one of Beowulf's companions, eaten by Grendel), but this is attested only as a proper name. To fit like a glove is first recorded 1771.
Idioms and Phrases with gloves
see fit like a glove; hand in glove; handle with kid gloves; hang up (one's gloves); with the gloves off.