- a closefitting covering, usually knitted, for the foot and, usually, most of the leg
- something resembling this, as a patch of color on the leg of an animal
Origin of stocking; from stock, in obsolete sense of leg covering + -ing
in one's stocking feet
wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
- A close-fitting, usually knitted covering for the foot and leg made from nylon, silk, cotton, wool, and similar yarns.
- An item resembling this covering.
Origin of stockingFrom dialectal stock, from Middle English stokke, leg covering, probably from stok, stock; see stock.
- Stocking may refer either to men's socks or to women's hose, but rarely to socks when worn by women. However, this usage appears somewhat variable.
- Present participle of stock.
- I've almost finished stocking these groceries.