An example of smock is to gather pleats of fabric around the neck and sleeves of a garment in the Middle Ages.
A loose cotton shirt that you put on that covers the front and back of your clothes is an example of a smock.
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.