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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or hit hard.
  1. a hard blow.
  2. a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.: The show was a sock.
  1. extremely successful: a sock performance.
Verb Phrases
  1. sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
  2. sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions: The airport was socked in.

Origin of sock2

First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for socked in


  1. a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
  2. an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
  3. 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
  4. another name for windsock
  5. pull one's socks up British informal to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
  6. put a sock in it British slang be quiet!
  1. (tr) to provide with socks
  2. socked in US and Canadian slang (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions

Word Origin

Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos


  1. (usually tr) to hit with force
  2. sock it to to make a forceful impression on
  1. a forceful blow

Word Origin

C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for socked in



"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.



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)).



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

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