Stocking definition

stŏkĭng
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An item resembling this covering.
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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.
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Something resembling a stocking or sock, as a patch of color on the leg of an animal.
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Something that resembles such a covering, especially:
  • 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.
  • A bag in the shape of a large sock that is often decorated and hung on a mantle for the deposit of Christmas presents.
  • A white marking on the lower leg of a dark-colored horse, extending from the hoof to at least the hock or knee.
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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.
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A sock.
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A soft garment worn on the foot and lower leg, usually knit or woven, worn under shoes or other footwear.

A pair of stockings.

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Present participle of stock.

I've almost finished stocking these groceries.

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A close-fitting, usually knitted covering for the foot and leg made from nylon, silk, cotton, wool, and similar yarns.
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in one's stocking feet
  • wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
stocking
Plural:
stockings

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in one's stocking feet

Origin of stocking

  • From dialectal stock from Middle English stokke leg covering probably from stok stock stock

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

  • From stock (“cover with material") +"Ž -ing. Corruption of old plural -en, i.e. stocken, now singular.

    From Wiktionary

  • From stock +"Ž -ing.

    From Wiktionary