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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stockinged
Historical Examples
  • It was Pete, with a candle, coming up in his stockinged feet.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The prowler had stubbed his stockinged toe against a chair leg.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • This would make it rough for his stockinged feet, but it was worth it all.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • He took his hands from his pockets and got up on his stockinged feet.

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

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • If not, we'll pull off our boots and make our way along it in stockinged feet.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • He started to put his shoe back on his stockinged foot, but halted with a groan.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • It was large, but as it was a bare or stockinged foot I could not judge.

    The Curved Blades

    Carolyn Wells
  • Suddenly he jumped on to the table, and danced there in his stockinged feet.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Treading softly in his stockinged feet, he came to it and looked in.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
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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