From Middle English glove, glofe, from Old English glōf, *glōfe, *glōfa, ("glove"; weak forms attested only in plural form glōfan (“gloves”)), from Proto-Germanic *galōfô (“glove”), from Proto-Germanic *ga- (“collective and associative prefix”) + Proto-Germanic *lōfô (“flat of the hand, palm”), from Proto-Indo-European *lāp-, *lēp-, *lep- (“flat”). Cognate with Scots gluve, gluive (“glove”), Icelandic glófi (“glove”). Related to Middle English lofe, lufe (“palm of the hand”). More at loof.
glove (plural gloves)
- an item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers
- I wore gloves to keep my hands warm.
- The boxing champ laced on his gloves before the big bout.
- (baseball, figuratively) the ability to catch a hit ball
- Frederico had a great glove, but he couldn't hit a curveball, so he never broke into the pros.
- (idiomatic) condom
- (baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
- He gloved the line drive for the third out.
- (transitive) To put on a glove.
- Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.