[ smok-ing ]
/ ˈsmɒk ɪŋ /


smocked needlework.
embroidery stitches used to hold gathered cloth in even folds.

Nearby words

  1. smitty,
  2. smock,
  3. smock frock,
  4. smock mill,
  5. smocked,
  6. smog,
  7. smogbound,
  8. smoggy,
  9. smokable,
  10. smoke

Origin of smocking

First recorded in 1885–90; smock + -ing1


[ smok ]
/ smɒk /


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.

Origin of smock

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

Related formssmock·like, adjectiveun·smocked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smocking


/ (ˈsmɒkɪŋ) /


ornamental needlework used to gather and stitch material in a honeycomb pattern so that the part below the gathers hangs in even folds


/ (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 Formssmocklike, 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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Word Origin and History for smocking


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