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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Sure, Cher Horowitz had an amazing closet, but how many people can really wear yellow plaid with thigh-high stockings in real life? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Cruel Intentions Is Still a Teenage Fashion Dream 20 Years On," 22 Mar. 2019 Everything from food and toys to clothing (hello, matching holiday pajamas), decor (see these pet stockings, STAT!), and more are deeply discounted. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chewy Is Offering an Entire Week's Worth of Paw-Some Pet Deals for Cyber Monday," 21 Nov. 2018 Located on the company’s campus in the city of Reggio Emilia, it is housed in a former stocking factory. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Beyond Nancy Pelosi's Power Coat: Inside Max Mara's Fashion Museum," 29 Jan. 2019 Mini stockings as cutlery holders at each setting liven up the perennially popular color scheme. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "5 Tablescape Ideas That Will Make You Holiday Host Of The Year," 16 Nov. 2018 One shot shows monogrammed stockings hanging above her fireplace, and one is personalized with Chris' name. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dakota Johnson Reportedly Spent the Holidays with Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brad Falchuk," 3 Jan. 2019 The subject matter is heavy — this is no stocking stuffer. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Products from the Starbucks x holiday collection are sure to please your favorite coffee enthusiast, while every brand under the sun seems to be offering an array of versatile stocking stuffers for the hard-to-pin-down friends. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 Lakes with a mixture of both stocked and naturally reproducing walleye experienced an average decline of 47%, while lakes with only stocking and no natural reproduction declined by 63%. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Researchers document walleye decline in Wisconsin waters," 9 May 2018

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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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