stock·​ing | \ ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

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

Other Words from stocking

stockinged \ ˈstä-​kiŋd How to pronounce stocking (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The store design was a family affair (undertaken by Roche and her husband), and the stocking of it is too. Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022 The stocking is also one of many traditions reflective of a cultural, rather than religious, holiday. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2021 These sectors include childcare, food preparation and service, personal care and home health, and loading and stocking — with job searches plunging since prior to the pandemic, Indeed Hiring Lab said on Thursday. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 More than 3,000 trout were released in Wallace, Shadow, Ledge, Rangers and Judge’s lakes recently, the final trout stocking of the winter. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 They were allowed, however, to handle the stocking. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 7 Dec. 2021 One will win cash for the stocking — a merry Christmas indeed! Rodney Ho, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 Kate's hair comes down and her stocking comes off as Anthony kisses down her body. Sara Netzley,, 26 Mar. 2022 Angle is everything When shooting photos or videos, try to match the height of the subject, such as kneeling on the ground to snap a picture of a toddler (say, excitedly reaching into a stocking). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Stocking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stocking


stock·​ing | \ ˈstä-kiŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

Kids Definition of stocking

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


stock·​ing | \ ˈstäk-iŋ How to pronounce stocking (audio) \

Medical Definition of stocking

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

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