[ smok ]
/ smɒk /
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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 smocksmocklike, adjectiveun·smocked, adjective
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How to use smock in a sentence
Think $69 smocked bodice jumpsuits or $250 cashmere ones from French designers like Jacadi and Bonpoint.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?|Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker|July 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She would wear a short red skirt with bands of black velvet around it, and smocked at the belt.The Four Corners Abroad|Amy Ella Blanchard
His eyes followed a pink-smocked, bob-haired maiden hurrying across the Park; but apparently she did not register.Out of the Air|Inez Haynes Irwin
I could see the door open and a blue-smocked old man appear on the threshold.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany|Edward Lyell Fox
Away off in the fields the blue-smocked peasants bent still at their toil.Anna the Adventuress|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Up a winding country road wound groups of blue-smocked villagers; the women frilled-capped, the men baggily-trousered.Autumn Impressions of the Gironde|Isabel Giberne Sieveking
British Dictionary definitions for smock
/ (smɒk) /
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
to ornament (a garment) with smocking
Derived forms of smocksmocklike, 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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