sleeve

15 ENTRIES FOUND:

sleeve

noun \ˈslēv\

: the part of a shirt, jacket, etc., that covers all or part of your arm

: a part that fits over or around something to protect it or to hold its parts together

Full Definition of SLEEVE

1
a :  a part of a garment covering an arm
b :  sleevelet
2
a :  a tubular part (as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another part
b :  an open-ended flat or tubular packaging or cover; especially :  jacket 3c(2)
sleeved \ˈslēvd\ adjective
sleeve·less \ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
on one's sleeve
:  in an honest and open manner —used with wear <wears his emotions on his sleeve>
up one's sleeve
:  held secretly in reserve <has a few tricks up her sleeve>

Examples of SLEEVE

  1. a shirt with long sleeves
  2. The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.

Origin of SLEEVE

Middle English sleve, from Old English slīefe; perhaps akin to Old English slēfan to slip (clothes) on, slūpan to slip, Old High German sliofan, Latin lubricus slippery
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: sleeve bearing
Previous Word in the Dictionary: sleet (intransitive verb)
All Words Near: sleeve

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up sleeve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More