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

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Other Words from stocking

stockinged \ ˈstä-​kiŋd How to pronounce stockinged (audio) \ 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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And wearing a long tail made of my sisters’ nylon stockings wrapped up in brown yarn. Maria Shine Stewart,, "Business progress sparks memories of days gone by: Sun Messages," 4 Aug. 2019 Enjoy a festive holiday meal, take part in the gingerbread decorating competition, fill the stockings hanging in your luxury home, and decorate your included Christmas tree (or the resort will handle it for you). Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 Fishnet stockings, a mini gray lace dress and a long black wool cardigan completed the look. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Beyond Androgyny: Nonbinary Teenage Fashion," 14 Aug. 2019 But traveling secretary Dan Larrea and equipment manager Jason Shawger went full-gorilla, dressing in complete Colonial garb, with powdered wigs, breeches, stockings, etc. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 1, Brewers 0: Once again, no fireworks for the offense against Cincinnati pitchers," 4 July 2019 The stockings, which are funded in part by Slyman’s Restaurant in Cleveland, will be made at Shadow, Ledge, Judge’s and Ranger lakes, as well as the Oxbow Lagoon. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still a party, despite weather: May 21 Fishing Report," 21 June 2019 At Boston Court Pasadena, four actresses walk onstage in beige bras and panties, then proceed to dress themselves in elaborate 18th century undergarments: black stockings, white corsets and hoop skirts. Margaret Gray,, "Review: Boston Court Pasadena’s ‘Ladies’ presents a puzzle of female empowerment," 14 June 2019 Founded in 1943, IKEA initially sold pens, wallets, table runners, watches and nylon stockings. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "IKEA to Slash Thousands of Jobs in Restructuring," 21 Nov. 2018 Then fill an old dress sock or nylon stocking with the grounds and tie it off the end. Heidi Davis, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Coffee," 29 Sep. 2014

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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 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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