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smock

[ smok ]
/ smɒk /
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noun

a loose, lightweight overgarment worn to protect the clothing while working.

verb (used with object)

to clothe in a smock.
to draw (a fabric) by needlework into a honeycomb pattern with diamond-shaped recesses.

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Origin of smock

before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English smocc; originally name for a garment with a hole for the head; compare Old Norse smjūga to put on (a garment) over the head

OTHER WORDS FROM smock

smocklike, adjectiveun·smocked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smock

smock
/ (smɒk) /

noun

any loose protective garment, worn by artists, laboratory technicians, etc
a woman's loose blouse-like garment, reaching to below the waist, worn over slacks, etc
Also called: smock frock a loose protective overgarment decorated with smocking, worn formerly esp by farm workers
archaic a woman's loose undergarment, worn from the 16th to the 18th centuries

verb

to ornament (a garment) with smocking

Derived forms of smock

smocklike, adjective

Word Origin for smock

Old English smocc; related to Old High German smocco, Old Norse smokkr blouse, Middle High German gesmuc decoration
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