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 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
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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stocking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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