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noun (1)

plural socks
archaic : a low shoe or slipper
also plural sox ˈsäks How to pronounce sock (audio) : a knitted or woven covering for the foot usually worn under shoes and extending above the ankle and sometimes to the knee
: a shoe worn by actors in Greek and Roman comedy
: comic drama
sockless adjective


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socked; socking; socks

transitive verb

: to hit, strike, or apply forcefully
sock a home run
an area socked by a blizzard

intransitive verb

: to deliver a blow : hit


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noun (2)

: a vigorous or violent blow
sock it to
: to subject to or as if to a vigorous assault
they may let you off the first time … but the second time they'll sock it to youJames Jones

Examples of sock in a Sentence

Verb kept socking the punching bag until he was exhausted
Recent Examples on the Web
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Knowing how to navigate the system can make all the difference to patients socked with giant medical bills. Maya Miller, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2023 In the 11th inning, Freese stepped to the plate again, socking a walkoff home run that drove Busch Stadium into delirium and forced Game 7. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 And earlier this month, against Oakland’s Kirby Snead, Heyward socked his first home run against a lefty since May 2021. Scott Miller, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2023 The California Public Utilities Commission has socked San Diego Community Power with more than $1 million in penalties in a dispute over acquiring backup energy resources. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 Millennials and Gen Z socking more money away for retirement Despite 401(k) holders taking cash out of their accounts at an increasing rate, BofA said on Tuesday that the average contribution rate had remained steady at 6.5% of income. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2023 But then she got socked with a triple whammy of disasters. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 17 July 2023 Google-parent company Alphabet was socked with a one-two punch of downgrades from Wall Street analysts this week, as UBS AG and Bernstein both warned of the near-term threat that generative AI poses to Google’s lucrative search advertising business. Stephen Pastis, Fortune, 28 June 2023 Health officials encouraged people to wear long sleeves, pants, and socks outdoors or consider rescheduling outdoor activities during those hours in high-risk areas. Nick Stoico,, 7 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English socke, from Old English socc, from Latin soccus


origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sock was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
plural socks also sox ˈsäks How to pronounce sock (audio)
: a knitted or woven covering for the foot usually extending above the ankle and sometimes to the knee


2 of 3 verb
: to hit, strike, or apply forcefully : deliver a blow


3 of 3 noun
: a violent blow : punch


Old English socc "a low shoe or slipper," from Latin soccus (same meaning)


origin unknown

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