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  1. a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman.
  2. a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock.
  3. a coarse outer garment with large sleeves, worn by monks.
  4. frock coat.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
  2. to invest with priestly or clerical office.
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Origin of frock

1300–50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
Related formsfrock·less, adjectiveun·der·frock, noun
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Related Words for frocking

appoint, elect, anoint, nominate, bless, consecrate, enact, legislate, decree, set, frock, deal, institute, invest, fix, impose, pronounce, rule, will, commission

British Dictionary definitions for frocking


  1. coarse material suitable for making frocks or work clothes
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  1. a girl's or woman's dress
  2. a loose garment of several types, such as a peasant's smock
  3. a coarse wide-sleeved outer garment worn by members of some religious orders
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  1. (tr) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
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Word Origin for frock

C14: from Old French froc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
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Word Origin and History for frocking



mid-14c., from Old French froc "a monk's habit" (12c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Frankish *hrok or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hroc "mantle, coat;" Old Norse rokkr, Old English rocc, Old Frisian rokk, German Rock "coat"), from PIE root *rug- "to spin."

Another theory traces it to Medieval Latin floccus, from Latin floccus "flock of wool." Meaning "outer garment for women or children" is from 1530s. Frock-coat attested by 1823.

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