1 [sok]
noun, plural socks or for 1, also sox.
a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.
a lightweight shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman comic actors.
comic writing for the theater; comedy or comic drama. Compare buskin ( def 4 ).
Furniture. a raised vertical area of a club or pad foot.
knock one's/the socks off. knock ( def 29 ).

before 900; Middle English socke, Old English soccLatin soccus slipper

sockless, adjective
socklessness, noun Unabridged


2 [sok] Slang.
verb (used with object)
to strike or hit hard.
a hard blow.
a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.: The show was a sock.
extremely successful: a sock performance.
Verb phrases
sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions: The airport was socked in.

1690–1700; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To SOCKS
World English Dictionary
sock1 (sɒk)
1.  a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
2.  an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
3.  See buskin a light shoe worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy, sometimes taken to allude to comic drama in general (as in the phrase sock and buskin)
4.  another name for windsock
5.  informal (Brit) pull one's socks up to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
6.  slang (Brit) put a sock in it be quiet!
7.  (tr) to provide with socks
8.  slang (US), (Canadian) socked in (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions
[Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos]

sock2 (sɒk)
1.  (usually tr) to hit with force
2.  sock it to to make a forceful impression on
3.  a forceful blow
[C17: of obscure origin]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. socc "light slipper," a W.Gmc. borrowing from L. soccus "light low-heeled shoe," variant of Gk. sykchos "a kind of shoe," perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The verb meaning "to stash (money) away as savings" is attested from 1942, Amer.Eng., from the notion of hiding one's money
in a sock. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, Amer.Eng. colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.

1700, "to beat, hit," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Computing Dictionary

SOCKS definition

A security package that allows a host behind a firewall to use finger, FTP, telnet, Gopher, and Mosaic to access resources outside the firewall while maintaining the security requirements.
[The Security FAQ, Usenet newsgroups,,].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source
Example sentences
He had nothing on them but a pair of tattered blood-stained socks.
Recently a group of biologists has offered a theory that they say explains, if
  not tube socks, then nearly everything else.
It would be best to wear a campaign hat, a khaki shirt and shorts, tall socks
  and a neckerchief.
He wore trousers, a soft white shirt, and socks and slippers.
Image for SOCKS
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature