glory holeglory hole
- A place, such as a cupboard, for storing odds and ends.
- The opening of a furnace used in glassblowing.
- A vertical mine shaft or pit used for mining ore.
- Vulgar Slang A hole in a wall, especially in a bathroom stall or a booth, used for engaging in anonymous sexual activity.
Origin of glory holeOriginally untidy storage place, lazaret glory of unknown meaning ( perhaps akin to Scots glaury muddy ) ( from glaur mud ) (but later influenced by glory honor, halo, perhaps in reference to the glow of a glassblowing furnace ) hole
(plural glory holes)
- (mining) originally, a hole in a mineshaft where an orebody is mined upwards until it breaks through the surface into the open air.
- (slang, sexual) a hole in a screen or wall big enough to allow an erect penis to be stuck through, made to facilitate anonymous sex with another person.
- Glory holes are often found in public toilets and are likely to be used for gay male activities.
- (slang) a military trench.
- (glassblowing) A hole in the side of a furnace used to heat glass held on a metal rod
- (slang, Scotland, and northern England) a deep built-in cupboard under the eaves or stairs of a house used for general storage, particularly of unrelated or unwanted items stored in some disorder
- (slang, naval) in merchant and Royal Navy:
- In the Navy this refers to a place for general untidinesses.
- On passenger liners the Stewards' mess is referred to as the the 'glory hole'
- On coal-burning tramp steamers, the stokehold was referred to as the 'glory hole'
- An excavation into the sea floor designed to protect the wellhead equipment installed at the surface of a petroleum well from icebergs or pack ice.
- Alternative spelling of glory hole.