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[stok-stil] /ˈstɒkˈstɪl/
completely still; motionless.
Origin of stock-still
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, stock-still is from the late Middle English word stok still. See stock, still1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I stood, I know not how long, stock-still in the place where I had read that letter.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • I stood for a while stock-still, and then went into the living-room, where Maude was sewing.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The colour fell from their faces, and for a second they stood dumb and stock-still.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • By and by, they peeped out and saw that King Log was stock-still.

  • Shore I'd stood there—stock-still—an' never moved an eye-winker.

  • As soon as he landed, he sat down, stock-still, and checked the instrument case he held in his hands.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The stock-still brick faade of an old church, against which the waves of people lurch and withdraw.

  • All around me the black fir-points stood upright and stock-still.

  • The sergeant slapped his thigh and was turning for congratulations, but suddenly paused, stock-still and staring upward.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for stock-still


absolutely still; motionless
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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