bobby sock

1 of 2


plural bobby socks or bobby sox
: a sock reaching above the ankle and usually worn by teen-age girls and children


2 of 2


variants or bobby-socks or bobby-sox
: consisting or of relating to bobby-soxers
the bobby-sox audienceRuth Inglis
the bobby-sock brigade
young wives, only a few years away from their bobby-socks daysLois & Don Thorburn

Word History



from the name Bobby (influenced by bobby pin)

First Known Use


1927, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobby sock was in 1927

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“Bobby sock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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