pull·​over | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pullover (audio) \

Definition of pullover

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a pullover garment (such as a sweater)



Definition of pullover (Entry 2 of 3)

: put on by being pulled over the head

pull over

pulled over; pulling over; pulls over

Definition of pull over (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to steer one's vehicle to the side of the road

transitive verb

: to cause to pull over pulled him over for speeding

Examples of pullover in a Sentence

Noun She was wearing a light pullover.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Want half off on a performance quarter-zip pullover? Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "25 deals on fashion essentials at Amazon that make perfect gifts," 3 Dec. 2020 This cozy pullover is cute, comfortable, and certainly chic by mountain-town standards. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 12 Apr. 2021 This pullover coat is insulated with PrimaLoft fill for bulk-free warmth. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "24 winter coats under $150 to buy before they sell out," 10 Mar. 2021 On one pullover knit from House of Sunny, the screen print features a lady diving topless into a pool while Collina Strada printed smiley faces on sweatsuit sets—what could be more delightful than that? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Spring’s Maximalist Prints Will Give You Something to Smile About," 4 Apr. 2021 For example, this Maxden cropped pullover, which has a retail price of $295, is discounted down to $177 for 40% off. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "International Women's Day: Shop these 14 sales to support women-owned businesses," 8 Mar. 2021 After nearly a year in quarantine, owning an oversized pullover should be mandatory for all. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Skims’ Cozy collection, with a 500K-person wait list, is finally back in stock — and we tried it," 11 Mar. 2021 It’s light, warm, and has just the right amount of stretch in this comfortable pullover. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Under Armour offering weekend sale of up to 70 percent off select items," 26 Feb. 2021 In the winter months, slip this pullover on over a turtleneck and pair it with wool trousers, and transition the garment to spring with jeans and sneakers. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Feels Like a Steal: This Everyday Knit Is Two Wardrobe Staples in One," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rod Parker sits on the end of the Homestead bench donning a blue Spartans pullover and gray sweatpants. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Playing for 'Superman': Cancer can't stop Homestead's coach, whose team just keeps winning," 7 Jan. 2020 For this fall there are all sorts of body-skimming knits, most of them pullover styles with a round, mock or turtle neck. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 Other items include a backpack in Gryffindor colors scarlet and gold, a men’s jacket with a Deathly Hallows theme and a four-houses themed pullover in white. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Potterheads: Vans x Harry Potter shoe and clothing line is here," 7 June 2019 Before they're sold out, stock up on the pullover sweatshirt or hoodie styles in fresh colors like cream and olive (or buy this unexpected rose color for the guy in your life). 3. Health.com, "The Workout Clothes Everyone Wanted in 2017, According to Google," 13 Dec. 2017 The four-year-old dressed up in uniform for his big day, with a logo pullover sweater, blue oxford shirt and his signature shorts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George's First Day of School Photos Will Melt Your Heart," 7 Sep. 2017 Austen Rankin looked the part in a white Nike Ohio State pullover, black Nike shorts and all-white adidas cleats. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Meet Austen Rankin, the mystery Ohio State student training Buckeye football players and recruits," 16 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An officer attempted to pull over the Mercedes Benz, which took off at a high rate of speed. John Benson, cleveland, "Drunk Parma Heights man cited for walking through neighborhood back yards: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 5 May 2021 When Bottom tried to pull over, another police officer had already sped up ahead of her Toyota Sequoia and placed spike strips on the road, causing Bottom’s SUV to stop immediately, according to the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Officers grabbed a Black librarian by her hair and tore her shoulder during traffic stop, lawsuit alleges: ‘That’s good police work, baby’," 22 Apr. 2021 Councilwoman Melody Joy Hart wondered if there was any way to track whether certain police officers were more likely to pull over Black drivers, also asking Mecklenburg how officers in the department were reacting to the study’s findings. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights police cited by CSU Diversity Institute over 3:1 racial disparity in traffic stops," 27 Apr. 2021 The Minnesota House on Thursday passed a public safety package that incorporates many police accountability measures sought by activists, including limits on when police can pull over vehicles. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Lawmakers take closer look at law banning air fresheners," 26 Apr. 2021 Some officers use race in their assessments to pull over certain drivers during traffic stops or to investigate potential drug crimes. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "What are your rights when you get pulled over in a traffic stop?," 17 Apr. 2021 The Castle Rock officer, who was not identified, tried to pull over the suspect vehicle near the community of Toutle around midnight, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. oregonlive, "Officer seriously injured after suspects ram patrol vehicle in Cowlitz County," 1 Mar. 2021 Martinez did not know where the pursuit began or what prompted officers to try to pull over the vehicle. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CHP officer shot at car after pursuit ends in Serra Mesa," 1 Mar. 2021 The department will not set up any checkpoints or pull over people to verify their reason for being out past curfew, Mims added. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Sheriffs not enforcing Newsom's coronavirus curfew, won't 'make criminals' of law-abiding citizens," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pullover


1899, in the meaning defined above


1907, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Pullover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pullover. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pullover

: a piece of clothing (such as a sweater) that is put on by pulling it over your head


pull·​over | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pullover (audio) \

Kids Definition of pullover

: a garment (as a sweater) that is put on by being pulled over the head

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