stock·​ing | \ˈstä-kiŋ \

Definition of stocking 

1a : a usually knit close-fitting covering for the foot and leg

b : sock

2 : something resembling a stocking especially : a ring of distinctive color on the lower part of the leg of an animal

in one's stocking feet

: with the feet in stockings but not shoes

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Other Words from stocking

stockinged \ˈstä-​kiŋd \ adjective

Synonyms for stocking


hose, sock

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Examples of stocking in a Sentence

a pair of wool stockings thick wool stockings designed to be worn with hiking boots

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These five fun, affordable gifts are small enough to fit in a stocking, and still make a big impression. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "5 tech gifts for under $50," 20 Nov. 2018 Both Amazon and eBay take commission on sales sold using its platform, while Amazon in particular makes a good deal of money providing stocking, shipping, and other packaging logistics support to these sellers. Nick Statt, The Verge, "eBay is suing Amazon over allegedly poaching its third-party sellers," 18 Oct. 2018 Student nurses, who wore crisp uniforms and white stockings, received their first nursing caps with a special mass. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "A Sisterhood of Nurses," 11 Aug. 2018 Most were choked with stockings, and seven of them died. Kate Brumback,, "Georgia executes man known as the 'stocking strangler,' who raped and killed older women," 15 Mar. 2018 Target card holders get special early access to a portion of the holiday items, which include matching family Christmas pajamas, adorable stockings, and a few other merry pieces. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 Custom wigs are made by a hair professional who first creates a base (usually from lace or a stocking cap with a stretchy, premeasured band attached) fitted to your head, and then sews the hair of your choice onto it. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 That same year, 25-year-old Nancy Fox was strangled with nylon stockings in her home. Craving media attention, Rader called police from a pay phone, giving Fox's name and address without revealing his identity. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "BTK killer Dennis Rader tells all in unheard interview for doc: 'It's a demon that's within me'," 21 Aug. 2018 Fleece or wool stocking caps can be made windproof when covered with a detachable hood. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of stocking

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stocking

obsolete stock to cover with a stocking

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The first known use of stocking was in 1580

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English Language Learners Definition of stocking

: a close-fitting usually long covering for the foot and leg

: a covering for the foot and ankle

: a decorative pouch shaped like a large sock that is used for holding gifts at Christmas


stock·​ing | \ˈstä-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of stocking

1 : a close-fitting usually knit covering for the foot and leg


stock·​ing | \ˈstäk-iŋ \

Medical Definition of stocking 

: a usually knit close-fitting covering for the foot and leg — see elastic stocking

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