[ sleev ]
/ sliv /


the part of a garment that covers the arm, varying in form and length but commonly tubular.
an envelope, usually of paper, for protecting a phonograph record.
Machinery. a tubular piece, as of metal, fitting over a rod or the like.

verb (used with object), sleeved, sleev·ing.

to furnish with sleeves.
Machinery. to fit with a sleeve; join or fasten by means of a sleeve.

Idioms for sleeve

    have something up one's sleeve, to have a secret plan, scheme, opinion, or the like: I could tell by her sly look that she had something up her sleeve.
    laugh up/in one's sleeve, to be secretly amused or contemptuous; laugh inwardly: to laugh up one's sleeve at someone's affectations.

Origin of sleeve

before 950; Middle English sleve, Old English slēfe (Anglian), slīefe; akin to Dutch sloof apron


sleeve·like, adjectiveun·sleeved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sleeve

/ (sliːv) /



(tr) to provide with a sleeve or sleeves

Derived forms of sleeve

sleeveless, adjectivesleevelike, adjective

Word Origin for sleeve

Old English slīf, slēf; related to Dutch sloof apron
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Idioms and Phrases with sleeve


see card up one's sleeve; laugh up one's sleeve; roll up one's sleeves; wear one's heart on one's sleeve.

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