from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A close-fitting, usually knitted covering for the foot and leg made from nylon, silk, cotton, wool, and similar yarns.
  • n. An item resembling this covering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft garment worn on the foot and lower leg, usually knit or woven, worn under shoes or other footwear.
  • v. Present participle of stock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A close-fitting covering for the foot and leg, usually knit or woven.
  • n. Any of various things resembling, or likened to, a stocking{1}
  • n. A broad ring of color, differing from the general color, on the lower part of the leg of a quadruped; esp., a white ring between the coronet and the hock or knee of a dark-colored horse.
  • n. A knitted hood of cotton thread which is eventually converted by a special process into an incandescent mantle for gas lighting.
  • transitive v. To dress in GBs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dress in stockings; cover as with stockings.
  • n. A close-fitting covering for the foot and lower leg.
  • n. Something like or suggesting such a covering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activity of supplying a stock of something
  • n. close-fitting hosiery to cover the foot and leg; come in matched pairs (usually used in the plural)


From dialectal stock, from Middle English stokke, leg covering, probably from stok, stock; see stock.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From stock (“cover with material”) +‎ -ing. Corruption of old plural -en, i.e. stocken, now singular. (Wiktionary)
From stock +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)



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