- a light shoe worn by comic characters in ancient Greek and Roman drama
- comedy or the muse of comedy
- pl. socks or sox a knitted covering for the foot and ankle, like a short stocking, sometimes extending to just below the knee
Origin of sockMiddle English socke from Old English socc from Classical Latin soccus, type of light, low-heeled shoe from Classical Greek sukchis, probably of Phrygian origin, originally ; akin to Avestan haxa-, sole of the foot
Origin of sockEarly Modern English from cant
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- A garment that covers the foot and part of the leg usually made of cotton or wool and worn for warmth or for protection from abrasion from a shoe or boot.
- Meteorology A windsock.
- a. A light shoe worn by comic actors in ancient Greek and Roman plays.b. Comic drama; comedy: “He … knew all niceties of the sock and buskin” ( Byron )
transitive verbsocked, sock·ing, socks
Origin of sockMiddle English socke from Old English socc a kind of light shoe from Latin soccus possibly from Greek sunkhis, sukkhos Phrygian shoe
verbsocked, sock·ing, socks
Origin of sockOrigin unknown
(plural socks or sox)
(third-person singular simple present socks, present participle socking, simple past and past participle socked)
- Unknown, but compare Portuguese soco ("a hit with one's hand; a punch").
- A ploughshare.