[ smok-ing ]
/ ˈsmɒk ɪŋ /


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

Origin of smocking

First recorded in 1885–90; smock + -ing1

Definition for smocking (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

smock·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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsmɒkɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for smocking (2 of 2)


/ (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

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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