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  1. Baseball.
    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.
  2. a mitten.
  3. Slang. a hand.
  4. 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.
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Origin of mitt

First recorded in 1755–65; short for mitten
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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for mitts


  1. any of various glovelike hand coverings, such as one that does not cover the fingers
  2. short for mitten (def. 1)
  3. baseball a large round thickly padded leather mitten worn by the catcherSee also glove (def. 2)
  4. (often plural) a slang word for hand
  5. slang a boxing glove
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Word Origin

C18: shortened from mitten
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

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.

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