General English


  • verb to deflect the ball off one’s batting gloves, as by mistiming a stroke, often presenting the fielding side with a catch
    Citation ‘Knowing that the pitch would be slow, I twice hooked him, but nearly gloved another short delivery that bounced like a tennis ball’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘Atherton swished at the first, ducked the second and gloved the third’ (Vic Marks, Observer 4 July 1993)


  • noun a padded protective covering for the hand worn in some sports

Origin & History of “glove”

Not surprisingly, most words for ‘glove’ in European languages are related in some way to words for ‘hand’; German handschuh and Dutch handschoen, e.g., mean literally ‘handshoe’; Greek kheirís was derived from kheíris ‘hand’; and Romanian manusa was based on Latin manus ‘hand’. And glove appears to be no exception; it probably goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *galōfō, in which *ga- was a collective prefix and lōfō meant ‘hand’ (Swedish dialect loof ‘palm of the hand’ comes from it).