pull·over | \ˈpu̇l-ˌō-vər \

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


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


She was wearing a light pullover.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Deals range from half off of a pair of stylish boots to 30% off a Free People cowl neck pullover that's sure to keep you nice and toasty. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nordstrom Announces Massive Winter Sale," 18 Feb. 2018 The project also replaced sidewalks and walkways with concrete, added a new plaza to the front of the building, enhanced security for the front of the building and added a bus pullover area for future use. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Portion of Langley Drive in Lawrenceville reopened," 25 June 2018 Pullover with maxi-logo, $320 Buy Now Cut-out shoulders elevate this cotton-blend pullover. The Cut, "Luxury Streetwear Inspired by Chicago’s Hip-Hop Music," 24 May 2018 Yamato, who was wearing just jeans and a pullover, didn't have any food or water with him, either. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED] Missing Japanese Boy Found a Week Later," 3 June 2016 This time, James accessorized his look by Browne with red socks, white-and-gray Nike high-top sneakers, dark sunglasses and a pullover hoodie also by the designer. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fashion forwards: LeBron James, Draymond Green wear shorts suits," 3 June 2018 The Snow Beach collection, which consisted of hoodies, hats, and, most iconically, a pullover parka in yellow, navy blue, and red, is today some of the priciest vintage Ralph Lauren on the market. Jake Woolf, GQ, "Ralph Lauren’s “Snow Beach” Collection (Including That Jacket) Is Back," 16 Jan. 2018 Often wearing a royal blue pullover sweater or polo shirt, Szmanda sold tile, bathtubs, lawn equipment, grills and all sorts of items that flowed through the retail giant's stores. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menards pitchman Ray Szmanda dies," 7 May 2018 The outfit of gym shorts, a pullover and a visor rang a bell, though. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Chip Kelly is back on campus but can he recapture magic at UCLA?," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Paul Mosley, a Republican state representative from Lake Havasu City, was pulled over on March 27 after a deputy caught him allegedly going 97 mph through La Paz County in a 55 mph zone, according to ParkerLive. Scott Berson, sacbee, "Lawmaker caught driving 97 mph told deputy he had ‘immunity.’ Was he right?," 13 July 2018 Mosley was pulled over on March 27 for driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone in La Paz County, according to Parker Live. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Arizona lawmaker apologizes after bragging about speeding to cop during traffic stop," 13 July 2018 In June 2015, Charnesia Corley was pulled over by Harris County deputies in northwest Houston for running a stop sign. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area volleyball players earn GHVCA preseason honors," 12 July 2018 The 31-year-old was originally pulled over by police in his Maserati late Thursday night for reportedly failing to signal during a lane change and operating a vehicle without license plates. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Mozzy Arrested for Gun Possession in Las Vegas: Report," 9 July 2018 Tare’s car was pulled over at Cardinal Wine and Spirits, 7200 Grand Ave. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park and River Grove police reports," 6 July 2018 Convicted of robbery in 2008, Gamble was pulled over seven years later for a traffic violation. NBC News, "Supreme Court agrees to take up double jeopardy issue," 28 June 2018 On Monday, the overburdened driver was pulled over again, this time for hauling away an overflowing pile of leafy branches that improbably managed to cling to the cargo bed. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Man tries hauling uncovered cargo mass in truck for second time in a week," 26 June 2018 The man was pulled over by Massachusetts State Police. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Ex-Red Sox Hanley Ramirez Not Involved in Federal Investigation," 24 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of pullover

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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