sock

noun (1)
\ ˈsäk How to pronounce sock (audio) \
plural socks

Definition of sock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : a low shoe or slipper
2 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
3a : a shoe worn by actors in Greek and Roman comedy
b : comic drama

sock

verb
socked; socking; socks

Definition of sock (Entry 2 of 3)

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
sock it to
slang
: 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 you— James Jones

sock

noun (2)

Definition of sock (Entry 3 of 3)

: a vigorous or violent blow also : punch entry 3 sense 3

Other Words from sock

Noun (1)

sockless \ ˈsä-​kləs How to pronounce sock (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sock in a Sentence

Verb kept socking the punching bag until he was exhausted

First Known Use of sock

Noun (1)

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

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sock

Noun (1)

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

Verb

origin unknown

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“Sock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sock. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sock

sock

noun
\ ˈsäk How to pronounce sock (audio) \
plural socks\ ˈsäks \

Kids Definition of sock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a knitted or woven covering for the foot usually reaching past the ankle and sometimes to the knee

sock

verb
socked; socking

Kids Definition of sock (Entry 2 of 3)

sock

noun

Kids Definition of sock (Entry 3 of 3)

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