- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for mitts
He was eagerly looked for, and Mrs. Mitts was closely watched.The Uncommercial Traveller
His hands, encased in mitts, had placed him at a woeful disadvantage.The Night Riders
Some of 'em don't put on the mitts at all, but most of 'em works up to that.Shorty McCabe
"I'm glad the Fourth's over, anyway," she said as she took up her parasol and mitts.Susan Clegg and a Man in the House
The balls, bats, mitts, and other playthings were too big for me.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
C18: shortened from mitten
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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