or bob·by sox, bob·by·socks, bob·by·sox
- socks that reach above the ankle and are sometimes folded down to the ankle.
- indicating or associated with the wearing of bobbysocks; adolescent: strictly a bobbysocks crowd; the bobbysocks generation.
Also bob·sox [bob-soks] /ˈbɒbˌsɒks/.
Origin of bobby socks
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- ankle-length socks worn by teenage girls, esp in the US in the 1940s
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Word Origin and History for bobby sox
Months ago colored bobby sox folded at the top were decreed, not by anyone or any group but, as usual, by a sudden mysterious and universal acceptance of the new idea. Now no teen-ager dares wear anything but pure white socks without a fold. ["Life" magazine, Dec. 11, 1944]
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