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or bobbysox, bobby socks, bobby sox, bobsox

[bob-ee-soks] /ˈbɒb iˌsɒks/
plural noun
socks that reach above the ankle and are sometimes folded down to the ankle.
indicating or associated with the wearing of bobbysocks; adolescent:
strictly a bobbysocks crowd; the bobbysocks generation.
Origin of bobbysocks
1940-45, Americanism; bobby (for bobbed, altered by association with bobby pin) + socks1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for bobby sox

1943, from diminutive of bob (n.2) + sox. So called because they are "shortened" compared to knee-socks. Derivative bobby-soxer first attested 1944.

Months ago colored bobby sox folded at the top were decreed, not by anyone or any group but, as usual, by a sudden mysterious and universal acceptance of the new idea. Now no teen-ager dares wear anything but pure white socks without a fold. ["Life" magazine, Dec. 11, 1944]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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