noun, plural socks or for 1, also sox.

a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.
a lightweight shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman comic actors.
comic writing for the theater; comedy or comic drama.Compare buskin(def 4).
Furniture. a raised vertical area of a club or pad foot.

Nearby words

  1. sociopolitical,
  2. sociopsychological,
  3. socioreligious,
  4. sociosexual,
  5. sociotechnological,
  6. sock away,
  7. sock in,
  8. sock it to,
  9. sock lining,
  10. sock puppet


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

Origin of sock

before 900; Middle English socke, Old English soccLatin soccus slipper

Related formssock·less, adjectivesock·less·ness, noun



verb (used with object)

to strike or hit hard.


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


extremely successful: a sock performance.

Verb Phrases

sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for sock

British Dictionary definitions for sock




a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
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
another name for windsock
pull one's socks up British informal to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
put a sock in it British slang be quiet!


(tr) to provide with socks
socked in US and Canadian slang (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions

Word Origin for sock

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


(usually tr) to hit with force
sock it to to make a forceful impression on


a forceful blow

Word Origin for sock

C17: of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for sock
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