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[sok] /sɒk/ Slang.
verb (used with object)
to strike or hit hard.
a hard blow.
a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.:
The show was a sock.
extremely successful:
a sock performance.
Verb phrases
sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions:
The airport was socked in.
Origin of sock2
1690-1700; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for socked
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  • The calves are snatched out and the "jimption is socked to 'em," as the boys express it.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • He sounded like one wrong word and I would get socked in the teeth.

    The Altar at Midnight Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • "They would have socked it to him, I reckon," Jimmy exclaimed, consonantly.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • That certainly was a swindle he worked on you, gentlemen, and he socked it to you!

  • Archie mortgaged the Bar L-M, he socked a plaster worth twenty-five thousand dollars on it, the day before somebody put him out.

    The Short Cut Jackson Gregory
  • With precision and force, Nirea socked her sister in the left eye.

    The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
British Dictionary definitions for socked


a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
a light shoe worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy, sometimes taken to allude to comic drama in general (as in the phrase sock and buskin) See buskin
another name for windsock
(Brit, informal) pull one's socks up, to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
(Brit, slang) put a sock in it, be quiet!
(transitive) to provide with socks
(US & Canadian, slang) socked in, (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions
Word Origin
Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos


(usually transitive) to hit with force
sock it to, to make a forceful impression on
a forceful blow
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for socked



"knitted or woven covering for the foot, short stocking," early 14c., from Old English socc "slipper, light shoe," from Latin soccus "slipper, light low-heeled shoe," probably a variant of Greek sykchos, word for a kind of shoe, perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The Latin word was borrowed generally in West Germanic, e.g. Middle Dutch socke, Dutch sok, Old High German soc, German Socke. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, American English colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.

"a blow, a hit with the fist," 1700, from or related to sock (v.1).


1700, "to beat, hit hard, pitch into," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.

"to stash (money) away as savings," 1942, American English, from the notion of hiding one's money in a sock (see sock (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for socked

sock 1


  1. : To land another sock on Mr Renault's nose (1700+)
  2. A set of mounted cymbals sounded by tramping on a foot pedal; high-hat (1920+ Musicians)


To strike; hit hard; clobber, paste: bein' socked to dreamland (1700+)

[probably echoic]

sock 2


  1. A place where money is kept, esp saved; also, savings collectively: Every dollar that he will receive for the current four-year term will go into the family sock (1924+)
  2. A box, bag, safe, etc, where money is kept (1930s+ Underworld)

[fr the use of a sock as a container; one reference of 1698 indicates that sock meant ''pocket'' in underworld slang]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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