Definition for SLEEVE

SLEEVE, n. [Sax. slef, slyf; W. llawes; said to be from llaw, the hand.]

  1. The part of a garment that is fitted to cover the arm; the sleeve of a coat or gown.
  2. The raveled sleeve of care, in Shakspeare. [See Sleave.] To laugh in the sleeve, to laugh privately or unperceived; that is perhaps, originally, by hiding the face under the sleeve or arm. – Arbuthnot. To hang on the sleeve, to be or make dependent on others. – Ainsworth.

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