- a closefitting covering, usually knitted, for the foot and, usually, most of the leg; specif., a women's garment, usually made of sheer nylon or silk, covering the leg to the thigh
- something resembling a stocking or sock, as a patch of color on the leg of an animal
- Christmas stocking
Origin of stockingfrom stock, in obsolete sense, “leg covering” + -ing
in one's stocking feet
wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
- a. A close-fitting, usually knitted covering for the foot and leg, often made of sheer fabric as nylon or silk and rising high on the leg.b. A sock.
- Something that resembles such a covering, especially:a. An elasticized garment that exerts pressure on the leg to improve blood flow and is used in the treatment of various circulatory disorders or sometimes following surgery.b. A bag in the shape of a large sock that is often decorated and hung on a mantle for the deposit of Christmas presents.c. A white marking on the lower leg of a dark-colored horse, extending from the hoof to at least the hock or knee.
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.
From stock +"Ž -ing.