Nearby words

  1. pulitzer prizes,
  2. pulitzer, joseph,
  3. pulj,
  4. pulk,
  5. pulka,
  6. pull a boner,
  7. pull a fast one,
  8. pull about,
  9. pull away,
  10. pull back


Origin of pull

before 1000; Middle English pullen (v.), Old English pullian to pluck, pluck the feathers of, pull, tug; compare Middle Low German pūlen to strip off husks, pick, Old Norse pūla to work hard

Related formspull·a·ble, adjectivepull·er, noun

Synonym study

2. See draw.


[ noun poo l-on, -awn; adjective poo l-on, -awn ]
/ noun ˈpʊlˌɒn, -ˌɔn; adjective ˈpʊlˈɒn, -ˈɔn /


an item of apparel that is pulled on, as a sweater or glove.


designed to be put on by being pulled on: a pull-on jersey.

Origin of pull-on

First recorded in 1915–20; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pull on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pull on

pull on


(tr, adverb) to don (clothing)


/ (pʊl) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Formspuller, noun

Word Origin for pull

Old English pullian; related to Icelandic pūla to beat

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Word Origin and History for pull on
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Idioms and Phrases with pull on


In addition to the idioms beginning with pull

  • pull a boner
  • pull a fast one
  • pull away
  • pull back
  • pull down
  • pull in
  • pulling teeth
  • pull in one's horns
  • pull no punches
  • pull off
  • pull oneself together
  • pull oneself up by the bootstraps
  • pull one's punches
  • pull one's weight
  • pull out
  • pull out all the stops
  • pull out of a hat
  • pull over
  • pull rank
  • pull round
  • pull someone's chain
  • pull someone's leg
  • pull something
  • pull strings
  • pull the plug on
  • pull the rug out from under
  • pull the wool over someone's eyes
  • pull through
  • pull together
  • pull up
  • pull up stakes
  • pull wires

also see:

  • fast one, pull a
  • have pull with
  • like pulling teeth
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