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.

Origin of mitt

First recorded in 1755–65; short for mitten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

Word Origin for mitt

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