verb (used with object)
Origin of smock
Examples from the Web for smock
His signature blue jacket is a Parisian street sweeper's smock purchased on his semi-annual trips to Paris.
Merritt Wever is adorable and believable as Zoey, a nervous first-year nursing student so callow she has bunnies on her smock.
She is in her smock, man, and were it not for the balusters I deem ye should see her barefoot.The Wood Beyond the World|William Morris
It was Kenny in a painter's smock intent upon a palette, vividly, whimsically, delightfully Kenny.Kenny|Leona Dalrymple
If thou wer't as naked as thou wer't born, thou should'st not stay to put on a Smock.The Busie Body|Susanna Centlivre
He wore a yokel's smock much too big for him, and yet not big enough to hide his bespurred riding-boots.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
This condition was due in a large measure, no doubt, to the fact that Smock's Creek is an unusually swift little stream.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
Word Origin for smock
Old English smoc "garment worn by women, corresponding to the shirt on men," from Proto-Germanic *smukkaz (cf. Old Norse smokkr "a smock," but this is perhaps from Old English; Old High German smoccho "smock," a rare word; North Frisian smok "woman's shift," but this, too, perhaps from English).
Klein's sources, Barnhart and the OED see this as connected to a group of Germanic sm- words having to do with creeping or pressing close, e.g. Old Norse smjuga "to creep (through an opening), to put on (a garment)," smuga "narrow cleft to creep through; small hole;" Old Swedish smog "a round hole for the head;" Old English smugan, smeogan "to creep," smygel "a burrow." Cf. also German schmiegen "to cling to, press close, nestle;" and Schmuck "jewelry, adornments," from schmucken "to adorn," literally "to dress up."
Watkins, however, traces it to a possible Germanic base *(s)muk- "wetness," figuratively "slipperiness," from PIE root*meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Either way, the original notion, then, seems generally to have been "garment one creeps or slips into," by the same pattern that produced sleeve and slip (n.2).
Now replaced by euphemistic shift (n.2); smock was the common word down to 18c., and was emblematic of womanhood generally, cf. verb smock "to render (a man) effeminate or womanish" (1610s); smocker "man who consorts with women" (18c.); smock-face "person having a pale, effeminate face" (c.1600). A smock-race (1707) was an old country pastime, a foot-race for women and girls with a smock as a prize. Modern meaning "woman's or child's loose dress or blouse" is from 1907; sense of "loose garment worn by artists over other clothes" is from 1938.