A place, such as a cupboard, for storing odds and ends.
A vertical mine shaft or pit used for mining ore.
The opening of a furnace used in glassblowing.
(vulgar slang) A hole in a wall, especially in a bathroom stall or a booth, used for engaging in anonymous sexual activity.
(mining) Originally, a hole in a mineshaft where an orebody is mined upwards until it breaks through the surface into the open air.
(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'
Alternative spelling of glory hole.
Other Word Forms
Origin of glory-hole
- Originally 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition