[ poo l-oh-ver ]
/ ˈpʊlˌoʊ vər /


Also called slipover. a garment, especially a sweater, that must be drawn over the head to be put on.


designed to be put on by being drawn over the head.

Nearby words

  1. pullman,
  2. pullman kitchen,
  3. pullman, george mortimer,
  4. pullorum disease,
  5. pullout,
  6. pullulate,
  7. pullulation,
  8. pullus,
  9. pulmo,
  10. pulmo-

Origin of pullover

First recorded in 1870–75; noun, adj. use of verb phrase pull over

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British Dictionary definitions for pullover


/ (ˈpʊlˌəʊvə) /


a garment, esp a sweater, that is pulled on over the head
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Word Origin and History for pullover



1871, originally of shoes, from pull (v.) + over (adv.). As a noun, from 1875 as a kind of hat cover; 1925 as a type of sweater (short for pullover sweater, 1912), so called in reference to the method of putting it on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper