stocking

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Makers of rebar in China, where mills pump out more than half the world’s steel, spent the summer stocking up ahead of the new regulations. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 No stocking is fully stuffed without face products (my new seasonal motto), and naturally, Kylie Cosmetics' holiday collection includes a few of those too. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 For $12 an hour (a dollar more than last year!), temporary workers will be tasked with stocking store shelves and checking people out at the register. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "Target Is Hiring 120,000 Workers for the Holiday Season," 14 Sep. 2018 As a health editor, that translates to a stocking up on a truly impressive amount of SPF. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "A Wellness Editor's Impulse Buys: $171 of Sunscreen, Gold Hoops, and More," 10 Jan. 2019 In my family there were five kids, which is a lot of stockings to fill. Damaris Phillips, Woman's Day, "How to Give Back Like Food Network Chef Damaris Phillips This Season," 19 Nov. 2018 The range will include enough products to fill up your Christmas stocking and then some. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 For women that meant tailcoat bodysuits worn with fishnet stockings and and for men that meant tuxedos with cutaway jackets accessorized with floppy bow ties. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Our stockings hang in their new holiday home on a curio shelf. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 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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More Definitions for stocking

stocking

noun

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

stocking

noun
stock·​ing | \ ˈstä-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of stocking

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

stocking

noun
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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