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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.


  • enPR: glŭv, IPA(key): /ɡlʌv/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌv


glove (plural gloves)

  1. An item of clothing, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but usually 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.
  2. A baseball mitt.
  3. (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.
  4. (slang) A condom.
  5. (with definite article) A challenge from one to another.
    to throw down the glove, i.e. to offer a challenge; to take up the glove, to accept it




glove (third-person singular simple present gloves, present participle gloving, simple past and past participle gloved)

  1. (baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt.
    He gloved the line drive for the third out.
  2. (transitive) To put a glove or gloves on.
    Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
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      After the maids had hatted and gloved the girls, the carriage was summoned and I was carted around one church after another.
  3. (cricket) To touch a delivery with one's glove while the gloved hand is on the bat. Under the rules of cricket, the batsman is deemed to have hit the ball.

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Terms derived from the noun or verb glove

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Inherited from Old English *glōfa (variant of glōf), from Proto-West Germanic *glōfō, from Proto-Germanic *galōfô; equivalent to y- +‎ love (palm).



glove (plural gloves or gloven)

  1. A glove or gauntlet (hand covering)
  2. A glove as a token of feudal allegiance.
  3. A glove or gauntlet in various symbolic uses:
    1. Signifying assent, agreement, or the marital compact.
    2. Signifying entry into combat.
    3. Signifying worthlessness or unimportance.

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  • English: glove
  • Scots: gluive, gluve