Origin of sock

First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain
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Related Words for socked

belt, ding, smash, soak, chop, bop, clout, punch, buffet, nail, beat, smack, cuff, slap, paste, whack

Examples from the Web for socked

Contemporary Examples of socked

Historical Examples of socked

  • He sounded like one wrong word and I would get socked in the teeth.

    The Altar at Midnight

    Cyril M. Kornbluth

  • “Never heard of any other except the rat I socked,” said Timothy.

    Ticktock and Jim

    Keith Robertson

  • That certainly was a swindle he worked on you, gentlemen, and he socked it to you!

  • He socked Charles in the jaw and sent him on his way with a kick in the rear.

    The Syndic

    C.M. Kornbluth

  • With precision and force, Nirea socked her sister in the left eye.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard

British Dictionary definitions for socked




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 socked



"knitted or woven covering for the foot, short stocking," early 14c., from Old English socc "slipper, light shoe," from Latin soccus "slipper, light low-heeled shoe," probably a variant of Greek sykchos, word for a kind of shoe, perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The Latin word was borrowed generally in West Germanic, e.g. Middle Dutch socke, Dutch sok, Old High German soc, German Socke. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, American English colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.



1700, "to beat, hit hard, pitch into," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.



"to stash (money) away as savings," 1942, American English, from the notion of hiding one's money in a sock (see sock (n.1)).



"a blow, a hit with the fist," 1700, from or related to sock (v.1).

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