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 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.
- A baseball mitt.
- (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.
- (slang) A condom.
- (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
- (baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt.
- He gloved the line drive for the third out.
- (transitive) To put a glove or gloves on.
- Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
- 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas:
- After the maids had hatted and gloved the girls, the carriage was summoned and I was carted around one church after another.
- (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.
- A glove or gauntlet (hand covering)
- A glove as a token of feudal allegiance.
- A glove or gauntlet in various symbolic uses: