- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for stockinged
It was Pete, with a candle, coming up in his stockinged feet.The Manxman
The prowler had stubbed his stockinged toe against a chair leg.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
This would make it rough for his stockinged feet, but it was worth it all.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
He took his hands from his pockets and got up on his stockinged feet.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
He crossed the room in his stockinged feet and took the basin out of her hands.The Outrage
- wearing stockings or socks
- 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 and History for stockinged
"close-fitting garment covering the foot and leg," 1580s, from stocka "leg covering, stock," from Old English stocu "sleeve," related to Old English stocc "trunk, log" (see stock (n.1)). Probably so called because of a fancied resemblance of legs to tree trunks, or a reference to the punishing stocks. Cognates include Old Norse stuka, Old High German stuhha, from the same Proto-Germanic source. Restriction to women's hose is 20c. As a receptacle for Christmas presents, attested from 1853; hence stocking stuffer first recorded 1976.