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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stockinged \ ˈstä-​kiŋd How to pronounce stockinged (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 soldiers received stockings stuffed with candies, toiletries and other gifts. Washington Post, "Operation Holiday Express brings gifts to US troops in Syria," 24 Dec. 2019 Two men wearing stocking hats stole a cellphone from a Chicago resident in the 700 block of South Boulevard between 5:45 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. Nov. 4, but then returned it to the resident., "Police: Two men imply they have a gun during robbery of Oak Park resident," 10 Nov. 2019 Though with all the frantic shopping and stocking stuffing, it's often overlooked. CBS News, "Nativity scenes, from the artistic to the living," 22 Dec. 2019 This month, volunteers for the organization delivered 600 stockings to nursing homes around the region for residents who typically do not get visitors around the holidays., "A lonely plea: ‘Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?’ - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 The family dogs Bear and Lucy have Christmas stockings hanging up with the rest of the family's. Briana Rice,, "Andrew 'Drew' Allen adopts abandoned puppy Harland," 20 Dec. 2019 From monogrammed stockings to adorable ornaments, shop the sale below. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie Is Having a 50% Off Gifts Sale," 19 Dec. 2019 Stop by to get your furry friend a stocking stuffer gift. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Last minute Xmas gift ideas: Shop local at these Humble, Kingwood area stores," 16 Dec. 2019 The agency began late-season stocking in 2017, and its popularity with hunters led to an expansion of the practice in 2018, in part made possible by the state's new hatchery facility. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pheasant stocking planned in December on public properties," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stocking.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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