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


She was wearing a light pullover.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Kanye that meant all-hours athleisure with a black pullover from his Yeezy label paired with ice blue sweatpants and sneakers of his own design. Vogue, "Kanye and Kim Kardashian West Make the Case for Contrasting Couples Style," 11 July 2019 There are actually a ton of great products are REI for the less adventurous souls like hammocks, popular water bottles, and iconic pullovers. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 amazing deals you can get at REI's massive weekend sale," 23 Aug. 2019 Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover for $64 ($65 off): A lot of past-season Patagonia apparel is also on sale, and this warm, comfortable, versatile pullover is one of my favorites. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Need Outdoors Gear? 13 Deals From the REI 4th of July Sale," 3 July 2019 The suspect was wearing a grey v-neck pullover, a ball cap and sunglasses. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Robber sought in bank holdup at The Summit now accused in Homewood, Georgia heists," 6 Aug. 2019 In ripped dark wash jeans from Re/Done, a navy pullover, and her signature teensy sunglasses, Hadid was uncharacteristically dressed down, but her shoes elevated the entire look. Vogue, "Forget Flip Flops! Bella Hadid Finds Summer’s Perfect Sandal," 12 July 2019 This includes coveted Bean Boots ($119) and pullovers for chilly summer nights ($44.99). Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "8 incredible deals and sales you can get this Monday," 24 June 2019 Though Patagonia’s classic fleece jackets, hoodies, and pullovers would normally cost you over $100, there are a variety of styles for men and women available for well under a hundred. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Grab Patagonia Gear on Sale at Backcountry Right Now," 21 June 2019 The 5,000 fans in attendance, including at least one sporting a purple LSU pullover, are treated to video after video depicting Miles. Amie Just, nola.com, "The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

The incident began when deputies tried to pull over the driver of a red Dodge sedan near the intersection of Elkelton Boulevard and Jamacha Road in Spring Valley, said sheriff’s Sgt. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspected drunken driver arrested after brief chase, crash," 5 Sep. 2019 Department of Public Safety troopers attempted to pull over the suspect in a gold sedan on Interstate 20 around 3:15 p.m., Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "'Then I heard the second sound': Houston-area man recounts Midland-Odessa shooting spree," 3 Sep. 2019 The rampage began at 3:13 p.m. local time when two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tried to pull over a gold Honda heading westbound on Interstate 20 in Midland, according to authorities. Dakin Andone, CNN, "What we know about the West Texas mass shooting," 1 Sep. 2019 However, the driver failed to pull over and sped northbound on White Avenue. Los Angeles Times, "Two drivers killed as police pursuit ends in violent crash in La Verne," 30 Aug. 2019 An arriving officer located the van, which was pulled over on Abbey Road. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Man teaching brother how to drive cited for marijuana possession: North Royalton Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2019 Sohn was a passenger in a car that was pulled over at 12:02 a.m. Sunday near the Washington Baum Bridge. Gene Maddaus, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Chi’ actress Sonja Sohn arrested on cocaine possession charge," 22 July 2019 Now Orlando Vilchez Lazo’s public defender says police fabricated a reason to pull over his client for a breathalyzer test — in order to get his DNA without a warrant. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: What’s up with those tall BART gates?," 10 July 2019 An officer was in the area at the time and yelled for the vehicles to pull over to the side of the road but Lyons instead accelerated and struck the motorcycle in the rear again. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Alabama truck driver arrested after fatal Louisiana crash," 10 July 2019

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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 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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to spread over or through

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