stocking

[ stok-ing ]
/ ˈstɒk ɪŋ /
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noun

a close-fitting covering for the foot and part of the leg, usually knitted, of wool, cotton, nylon, silk, or similar material.
something resembling such a covering.

Nearby words

  1. stockholm syndrome,
  2. stockhorn,
  3. stockhorse,
  4. stockinet,
  5. stockinette,
  6. stocking anesthesia,
  7. stocking cap,
  8. stocking feet,
  9. stocking filler,
  10. stocking frame

Idioms

    in one's stocking feet, wearing stockings, but without shoes: Be careful of glass splinters if you walk through here in your stocking feet.

Origin of stocking

First recorded in 1575–85; stock + -ing1

Related forms

Origin of stock

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English stoc(c) stump, stake, post, log; cognate with German Stock, Old Norse stokkr tree-trunk; (v.) derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for stocking

stocking

/ (ˈstɒkɪŋ) /

noun

one of a pair of close-fitting garments made of knitted yarn to cover the foot and part or all of the leg
something resembling this in position, function, appearance, etc
in one's stocking feet or in one's stockinged feet wearing stockings or socks but no shoes

Word Origin for stocking

C16: from dialect stock stocking + -ing 1

stock

/ (stɒk) /

noun

adjective

staple, standardstock sizes in clothes
(prenominal) being a cliché; hackneyeda stock phrase

verb

See also stocks

Derived Formsstocker, noun

Word Origin for stock

Old English stocc trunk (of a tree), stem, stick (the various senses developed from these meanings, as trunk of a tree, hence line of descent; structures made of timber; a store of timber or other goods for future use, hence an aggregate of goods, animals, etc); related to Old Saxon, Old High German stock stick, stump

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Word Origin and History for stocking
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Science definitions for stocking

stock

[ stŏk ]

The trunk or main stem of a tree or another plant.
A plant or stem onto which a graft is made.
A plant or tree from which cuttings and scions are taken.
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Culture definitions for stocking

stock

A share in the ownership of a corporation.

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Idioms and Phrases with stocking

stock

see in stock; lock, stock, and barrel; make a laughing stock of; take stock; take stock in.

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