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bobby socks

or bob·by sox, bob·by·socks, bob·by·sox

[bob-ee-soks]
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plural noun
  1. socks that reach above the ankle and are sometimes folded down to the ankle.
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adjective
  1. indicating or associated with the wearing of bobbysocks; adolescent: strictly a bobbysocks crowd; the bobbysocks generation.
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Also bob·sox [bob-soks] /ˈbɒbˌsɒks/.

Origin of bobby socks

1940–45, Americanism; bobby (for bobbed2, altered by association with bobby pin) + socks
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British Dictionary definitions for bobby sox

bobby socks

pl n
  1. ankle-length socks worn by teenage girls, esp in the US in the 1940s
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Word Origin and History for bobby sox

1943, from diminutive of bob (n.2) + sox. So called because they are "shortened" compared to knee-socks. Derivative bobby-soxer first attested 1944.

Months ago colored bobby sox folded at the top were decreed, not by anyone or any group but, as usual, by a sudden mysterious and universal acceptance of the new idea. Now no teen-ager dares wear anything but pure white socks without a fold. ["Life" magazine, Dec. 11, 1944]
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