- a covering for the hand, made of leather, cloth, etc., with a separate sheath for each finger and the thumb
- a similar covering of padded leather worn by players in the field
- the ability to field a batted or thrown ball
- Boxing boxing glove
Origin of gloveMiddle English from Old English glof and Old Norse glofi from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Germanic an unverified form ga-l?fa from an unverified form ga-, together (OE ge-) + an unverified form l?fa (Goth l?fa), palm of the hand: for Indo-European base see luff
transitive verbgloved, glov′ing
- to supply with gloves
- to cover with or as with a glove
- Baseball to catch (a ball) with a glove
fit like a glove
put on the gloves
- a. A close-fitting covering for the hand with a separate sheath for each finger and the thumb, worn especially as protection from the cold.b. A gauntlet.
- Sports a. An oversized leather glove used for catching baseballs, especially one with more finger sheaths than the catcher's or first baseman's mitt.b. A glove made of leather and fabric having padding on the back and extending over the wrist, used in hockey and lacrosse.c. A boxing glove.d. A close-fitting glove used to improve the grip, as in batting or in golf.
- Baseball Fielding ability: a shortstop with a good glove.
verbgloved, glov·ing, gloves
- To furnish with gloves.
- To cover with or as if with a glove.
Origin of gloveMiddle English from Old English glōf
- 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
(third-person singular simple present gloves, present participle gloving, simple past and past participle gloved)
- (baseball) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
- He gloved the line drive for the third out.
- To put on a glove.
- Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
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.