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pull·​over ˈpu̇l-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pullover (audio)
: a pullover garment (such as a sweater)


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: put on by being pulled over the head

pull over

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pulled over; pulling over; pulls over

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

Example Sentences

Noun She was wearing a light pullover.
Recent Examples on the Web
As far as function goes, the Snap-T is the perfect fleece pullover for mild temperatures and an ideal mid layer for much colder temperatures. John Thompson, Men's Health, 28 Mar. 2023 Nanin stocks influencer favorites, like plush argyle cardigans, plaid blazers, and '80s pullovers. Rachel Bogo, Seventeen, 14 Mar. 2023 Underlining its fresh utility, the white skirts were paired with sturdy pullovers and blazers. Colleen Barry, ajc, 23 Feb. 2023 The jacket is part of Eddie Bauer’s Super Sevens three-piece layering kit, which includes a fleece pullover and wind jacket that can be combined in seven different layering systems. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2023 Other brand new pieces dropped earlier this week include a velvet half-zip pullover and velvet front-slit pants, which are perfect for the holiday season. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 26 Nov. 2022 Hermès pullover and shorts. Marley Marius, Vogue, 19 July 2022 The activewear line's spring essentials include a new windbreaker, ribbed biker shorts, lightweight pullover, and gym bra—perfect for hikes and other low-impact outdoor activities. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Mar. 2022 Dressed in a blaze-orange Filson hat and a camo pullover, Hubbard is now 35, clear-eyed, and speaks with a measured thoughtfulness. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 27 Jan. 2023
Because Tár shot during autumn, Daigeler also dressed Blanchett in an array of pullover sweaters, sweater vests, and cardigans. Eliza Brooke, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Nov. 2022 Rod Parker sits on the end of the Homestead bench donning a blue Spartans pullover and gray sweatpants. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 May 2017
When police tried to pull over the truck, the man refused and led authorities on a second chase. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2023 Shortly before noon, a police patrol tried to pull over a white BMW sedan on E Street believed to be linked to the carjackings, but the car sped off. Erin Pflaumer, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2023 The officer tried to pull over the driver of the BMW, but the car sped away on I-205 North. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2023 Baton Rouge police were attempting to pull over Zanders on River Road near the Raising Cane’s River Center when the chase began, according to booking documents. al, 2 Jan. 2023 This voluminous style is the type that's easy to pull over a bathing suit during the day before wearing out for dinner later. Leah Melby Clinton, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Feb. 2023 Florida has had the Move Over Law, requiring motorists to pull over for emergency vehicles, since 2002. Sylvia Gurinsky, Sun Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2023 After receiving a report of a car traveling erratically on the freeway at 7:30 p.m. May 6, an officer located it and signaled it to pull over. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Drivers should slow down while attempting to pull over. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1899, in the meaning defined above


1907, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pullover was in 1899

Dictionary Entries Near pullover

pull over


pull pin

Cite this Entry

“Pullover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pullover. Accessed 2 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
pull·​over ˌpu̇l-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pullover (audio)
: put on by being pulled over the head
pullover sweater


2 of 2 noun
: a pullover garment

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