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

Ariana Grande has her oversize pullovers, Kate Middleton has her skirt suits, Meghan Markle has her panama hat, and Pippa Middleton? Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton's Love for Wrap Dresses Goes All the Way Back to 2007," 27 Aug. 2018 One of the men seen breaking into the home is 6 feet tall with a build and slender build and was wearing jeans, a short-sleeved pullover shirt and a baseball cap. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend authorities search for suspects after break- in at Mission Bend-area home," 11 July 2018 The outer layers were easy enough to see — a jean trucker jacket over a plaid button-front shirt over a pullover hoodie over another plaid shirt over a turtleneck for example. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Comme des Garçons and Balenciaga take the layered look to extremes at Paris Fashion Week," 5 Mar. 2018 Throw on a pullover with a pair of jeans, or wear a cardigan with a pretty summer-y dress. Redbook, "Audrey's Outfit of the Day: White Sweaters," 6 July 2011 On one outing, he was seen in gray sweatpants, a black T-shirt, and a matching black hoodie; on another, khaki joggers and a black pullover. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Has a Fanny Pack Obsession," 29 June 2018 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

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

According to state police spokesman Beau Duffy, the limo in the crash had been pulled over in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 25. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Limo Company Operator Faces Homicide Charge in Deadly N.Y. Crash," 10 Oct. 2018 On the way to the third stop of the UConn Huskies Road Show, they were being pulled over. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Geno Gets The Call: Talks His Way Out Of A Ticket Targeted For UConn Bus," 6 June 2018 She was pulled over and asked to take a sobriety test. Ray Sanchez And Tina Burnside, CNN, "Body cam video refutes Texas woman's sex assault claim against state trooper," 24 May 2018 The driver, who was traveling west on Highway 2, hit the boy around 10 p.m. and then pulled over and called 911, according to State Patrol, which is investigating the crash. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "5-year-old boy hit on Highway 2 in Lake Stevens released from hospital," 4 Sep. 2018 Court records indicate that Huerta had been convicted of driving over 70 miles per hour on residential streets at least three times in 2016 and 2017, and he was once pulled over doing 89 miles per hour on Interstate 10. Peter Flax, Outside Online, "Why Is It So Hard to Charge Motorists with Murder?," 15 May 2018 Upon noticing the altercation, the bus driver pulled over — causing the crash — and the fight surged toward the front of the bus, Hernandez said. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bus stabbing sends victim to hospital with life-threatening injuries, ends in arrest," 11 July 2018 The van did not pull over, so the officer terminated the pursuit. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Teens held scissors to Glendale man's neck, threw him out of moving car during robbery, police say," 9 July 2018 State inspectors pulled over nearly 8,000 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles during a recent spot check — and a whopping 25 percent of the trucks had safety violations that required them to be taken out of service. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 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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