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


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

Iceberg pullover with a panel design, $415 Buy Now Watch the spring/summer 2018 campaign video below. The Cut, "Luxury Streetwear Inspired by Chicago’s Hip-Hop Music," 24 May 2018 While Prince William wore a navy pullover with a collared button-down and slacks, Kate decided to look a tad more festive. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Tartan Emilia Wickstead Skirt Looked Ever So Pretty When It Started "Snowing"," 4 Dec. 2018 One pullover with red and blue beading etched out a tattoo-like scene of panthers baring teeth at one another; another had golden phoenixes splayed over the shoulders. Vogue, "Balmain’s Exuberant-As-Ever Pre-Fall 2019 Menswear Channels Pop Icons and The Little Prince," 14 Nov. 2018 The pullover, which is artfully crafted with Noah's angelic face, is $45 and will ship to you just in time for all those ugly Christmas sweater parties. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Noah Centineo Ugly Christmas Sweater is the Holiday Miracle We All Deserve," 7 Dec. 2018 Pair the leggings with a tank for your yoga class, and then slip on the chevron pullover for brunch afterward. SELF, "Our Favorite Items From the SELF x Beyond Yoga Collaboration," 28 Nov. 2018 Roche focuses on a subtle color palette of muted hues—such as pastel pink, cream, taupe and navy—and a range of silhouettes including finer, cashmere sweaters and chunky fisherman pullovers. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Layer Your Sweater," 7 Nov. 2014 Fuzzy pullovers and hoodies, for starters, are just two popcorn offerings that will keep you toasty. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pinterest Says Popcorn Sweaters Are the Biggest Trend This Christmas," 7 Dec. 2018 Devonté Graham emerged from the Kansas locker room with his cell phone, sheepishly making his way up to the man in the dark ballcap and black Under Armour pullover. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Feb. 29, 2016: For the third straight year, Jayhawks are outright Big 12 champs | The Kansas City Star," 1 Mar. 2016

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

The California Highway Patrol on Friday pulled over a Tesla Model S that was traveling down the road—but whose driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "It took seven miles to pull over a Tesla with a seemingly asleep driver," 1 Dec. 2018 Many motorists pulled over to watch, and some pedestrians waved flags from the sidewalk. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "In California Shooting, Sheriff’s Sergeant Made ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ Trying to Stop Gunman," 8 Nov. 2018 Bryant pulled over to the side of the road and made sure everyone was OK. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "NBA legend Kobe Bryant seen helping drivers involved in car accident," 28 Sep. 2018 Cohen, an arson investigator who was passing by, had pulled over to help and put on his hazard lights to warn other drivers. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Driver pays $280 fine, ending Md. traffic case after deaths of two law enforcement officers," 6 July 2018 To a driver, a blinking red light is both eye-catching and an ingrained notice to pull over. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 Orlando resident Emmanuel Dorvil, 54, activated the emergency flashing lights on his SUV and attempted to pull over but Hoffman crashed into the back, left side of his vehicle, according to the accident report. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County deputy injured in fiery car crash on S.R. 408, troopers say," 1 July 2018 Delafield police attempted to stop the vehicle but ended the chase when the driver refused to pull over. Ray Hollnagel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver shot while trying to elude police during chase in Jefferson County," 28 June 2018 Here are a few other deals from around the web: Few things are more exasperating and potentially dangerous than having to pull over on a busy road. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Tools for a Better Lawn," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pullover.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pullover

Statistics for pullover

Last Updated

14 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pullover

The first known use of pullover was in 1899

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pullover



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pullover

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pullover

Spanish Central: Translation of pullover

Nglish: Translation of pullover for Spanish Speakers

Comments on pullover

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


a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!