[ sok ]
See synonyms for sock on
noun,plural socks or, for 1 also, sox [soks]. /sɒks/.
  1. a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.

  2. a lightweight shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman comic actors.

  1. comic writing for the theater; comedy or comic drama.: Compare buskin (def. 4).

  2. Furniture. a raised vertical area of a club or pad foot.

Idioms about sock

  1. knock one's / the socks off. knock (def. 29).

Origin of sock

First recorded before 900; Middle English sok, socke, Old English socc “light shoe, slipper, stocking,” from Latin soccus

Other words from sock

  • sockless, adjective
  • sock·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby sock

Other definitions for sock (2 of 2)

[ sok ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or hit hard.

  1. a hard blow.

  2. a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.: The show was a sock.

  1. extremely successful: a sock performance.

Verb Phrases
  1. sock away, to put into savings or reserve.

  2. sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions: The airport was socked in.

Origin of sock

First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sock (1 of 2)


/ (sɒk) /

  1. a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe

  2. an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better

  1. a light shoe worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy, sometimes taken to allude to comic drama in general (as in the phrase sock and buskin): See buskin

  2. another name for windsock

  3. pull one's socks up British informal to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation

  4. put a sock in it British slang be quiet!

  1. (tr) to provide with socks

  2. socked in US and Canadian slang (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions

Origin of sock

Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos

British Dictionary definitions for sock (2 of 2)


/ (sɒk) slang /

  1. (usually tr) to hit with force

  2. sock it to to make a forceful impression on

  1. a forceful blow

Origin of sock

C17: of obscure origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012