Smock meaning

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Smock is to decorate clothing or other items by gathering fabric to one-third of its width and then sewing over the gathers so that the fabric can stretch.

An example of smock is to gather pleats of fabric around the neck and sleeves of a garment in the Middle Ages.

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The definition of a smock is a loose dress or blouse that you wear over your clothing to protect the clothing.

A loose cotton shirt that you put on that covers the front and back of your clothes is an example of a smock.

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To clothe in a smock.
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A long, loose, shirtlike outer garment worn to protect the clothes.
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A loose-fitting woman's or girl's dress or top having smocking at the bust.
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To decorate with smocking.
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To apply smocking.
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A woman's undergarment; a shift; a chemise.
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A blouse; a smock frock.

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A loose garment worn as protection by a painter, etc.
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Of or pertaining to a smock; resembling a smock.
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Hence, of or pertaining to a woman.
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To provide with, or clothe in, a smock or a smock frock. Alfred Tennyson.
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A loose coatlike outer garment, often worn to protect the clothes while working.
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(archaic) A chemise, or sliplike undergarment.
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To dress in a smock.
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To decorate (fabric) with smocking.
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Origin of smock

  • Middle English woman's undergarment from Old English smoc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English smoc; akin to Old High German smocho, Icelandic smokkr, and from the root of Old English smgan (“to creep"), akin to German schmiegen (“to cling to, press close"). Middle High German smiegen, Icelandic smjga (“to creep through, to put on a garment which has a hole to put the head through"); compare with Lithuanian smukti (“to glide"). See also smug, smuggle.

    From Wiktionary