Definition of sleeve
sleevedplay \ˈslēvd\ adjective
sleevelessplay \ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
on one's sleeve
: in an honest and open manner —used with wear wears his emotions on his sleeve
up one's sleeve
: held secretly in reserve has a few tricks up her sleeve
Examples of sleeve in a Sentence
a shirt with long sleeves
The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.
Recent Examples of sleeve from the Web
Roll Up Your Sleeves to Protect the Mentor Marsh Mentor Marsh is one of the largest natural marshes remaining along the Lake Erie shoreline.
As a fail-safe, the motherboard is enclosed in a mesh sleeve that can’t be unscrewed, cracked, or even bored through, thanks to a circuit lining the interior that shatters at the touch of a drill bit.
Several teams in the top five could make an argument as a threat to land Cherry, but Oregon definitely has an ace up its sleeve.
Aric happened to find his rhythm on the track and certainly brings a rock star look with a sleeve of tattoos on his left arm.
Racers are required to carry eight items — wind pants, wind jacket, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, stocking cap, gloves, water bottle/hydration system and race bib – and asked to assist any runner in distress.
After four years of rolling up their sleeves on their off time, the couple is proud to call the former Market Street Brewery home.
But best of all, the overshirt masks sweaty pit stains thanks to its loose sleeves and printed pattern.
Long sleeves and long pants are a must, as well as gloves, organizers said.
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Origin and Etymology of sleeve
Middle English sleve, from Old English slīefe; perhaps akin to Old English slēfan to slip (clothes) on, slūpan to slip, Old High German sliofan, Latin lubricus slippery
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sleeve for English Language Learners
: the part of a shirt, jacket, etc., that covers all or part of your arm
: a part that fits over or around something to protect it or to hold its parts together
SLEEVE Defined for Kids
Definition of sleeve for Students
1 : the part of a piece of clothing covering the arm
2 : a part that fits over or around something like a sleeve
up someone's sleeve
: held secretly in reserve Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.
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