completely still; motionless.

Origin of stock-still

First recorded in 1425–75, stock-still is from the late Middle English word stok still. See stock, still1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stock-still

Contemporary Examples of stock-still

Historical Examples of stock-still

  • I stood, I know not how long, stock-still in the place where I had read that letter.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • I stood for a while stock-still, and then went into the living-room, where Maude was sewing.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • The colour fell from their faces, and for a second they stood dumb and stock-still.


    Leonard Merrick

  • By and by, they peeped out and saw that King Log was stock-still.

  • Shore I'd stood there—stock-still—an' never moved an eye-winker.

British Dictionary definitions for stock-still



absolutely still; motionless
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