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[stok-ing] /ˈstɒk ɪŋ/
a close-fitting covering for the foot and part of the leg, usually knitted, of wool, cotton, nylon, silk, or similar material.
something resembling such a covering.
in one's stocking feet, wearing stockings, but without shoes:
Be careful of glass splinters if you walk through here in your stocking feet.
Origin of stocking
First recorded in 1575-85; stock + -ing1
Related forms
stockinged, adjective
stockingless, adjective
half-stocking, noun
overstocking, noun
unstockinged, adjective Unabridged
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  • Archie had been sitting in his favourite attitude, with his stockinged feet against the pilaster of the fireplace.

  • He crossed the room in his stockinged feet and took the basin out of her hands.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • He sat about with his stockinged feet cocked up on the bed, reading detective stories till he fell asleep in his chair.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • It was large, but as it was a bare or stockinged foot I could not judge.

    The Curved Blades Carolyn Wells
  • It was Pete, with a candle, coming up in his stockinged feet.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • I took my boots off in the passage and crept up in my stockinged feet.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The boots had not come in, as yet, from the stove, and the blanket was drawn up over his stockinged feet to the knees.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • Percival, standing in his stockinged feet on the soft mats, looked about him.

    The Honorable Percival Alice Hegan Rice
  • His stockinged feet moved noiselessly over the heavy carpet.

    Who? Elizabeth Kent
  • She was the tallest of the party, with a great stretch of stockinged legs, and a decided scarcity of skirts.

    A Life For a Love L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for stockinged


wearing stockings or socks


one of a pair of close-fitting garments made of knitted yarn to cover the foot and part or all of the leg
something resembling this in position, function, appearance, etc
in one's stocking feet, in one's stockinged feet, wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
Word Origin
C16: from dialect stock stocking + -ing1
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Word Origin and History for stockinged



"close-fitting garment covering the foot and leg," 1580s, from stocka "leg covering, stock," from Old English stocu "sleeve," related to Old English stocc "trunk, log" (see stock (n.1)). Probably so called because of a fancied resemblance of legs to tree trunks, or a reference to the punishing stocks. Cognates include Old Norse stuka, Old High German stuhha, from the same Proto-Germanic source. Restriction to women's hose is 20c. As a receptacle for Christmas presents, attested from 1853; hence stocking stuffer first recorded 1976.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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