[ verb oh-ver-stok; noun oh-ver-stok ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈstɒk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌstɒk /

verb (used with object)

to stock to excess: We are overstocked on this item.


a stock that is larger than the actual need or demand.

Origin of overstock

First recorded in 1555–65; over- + stock

Definition for overstocking (2 of 2)


[ 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.

Origin of stocking

First recorded in 1575–85; stock + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for overstocking (1 of 2)


/ (ˌəʊvəˈstɒk) /

verb (tr)

to hold or supply (a commodity) in excess of requirements
to run more farm animals on (a piece of land) than it is capable of maintaining

British Dictionary definitions for overstocking (2 of 2)


/ (ˈstɒkɪŋ) /


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 or in one's stockinged feet wearing stockings or socks but no shoes

Word Origin for stocking

C16: from dialect stock stocking + -ing 1
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