sleeve

noun \ ˈslēv \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of sleeve

1 a :a part of a garment covering an arm
2 a :a tubular part (such as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another part
b :an open-ended flat or tubular packaging or cover; especially :jacket 3c(2)

sleeved

play \ˈslēvd\ adjective

sleeveless

play \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

  1. a shirt with long sleeves

  2. The joint is covered with a metal sleeve.

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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



SLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners

sleeve

noun

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

sleeve

noun \ ˈslēv \

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

sleeved

\ˈslēvd\ adjective

sleeveless

\ˈslēv-ləs\ adjective
up someone's sleeve
:held secretly in reserve
  • Watch him. He's got something up his sleeve.


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