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[stok-ing] /ˈstɒk ɪŋ/
a close-fitting covering for the foot and part of the leg, usually knitted, of wool, cotton, nylon, silk, or similar material.
something resembling such a covering.
in one's stocking feet, wearing stockings, but without shoes:
Be careful of glass splinters if you walk through here in your stocking feet.
Origin of stocking
1575-85; stock + -ing1
Related forms
stockinged, adjective
stockingless, adjective
half-stocking, noun
overstocking, noun
unstockinged, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for in ones stocking feet


one of a pair of close-fitting garments made of knitted yarn to cover the foot and part or all of the leg
something resembling this in position, function, appearance, etc
in one's stocking feet, in one's stockinged feet, wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
Word Origin
C16: from dialect stock stocking + -ing1
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Word Origin and History for in ones stocking feet



"close-fitting garment covering the foot and leg," 1580s, from stocka "leg covering, stock," from Old English stocu "sleeve," related to Old English stocc "trunk, log" (see stock (n.1)). Probably so called because of a fancied resemblance of legs to tree trunks, or a reference to the punishing stocks. Cognates include Old Norse stuka, Old High German stuhha, from the same Proto-Germanic source. Restriction to women's hose is 20c. As a receptacle for Christmas presents, attested from 1853; hence stocking stuffer first recorded 1976.

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Slang definitions & phrases for in ones stocking feet



(Variations: bugs or daffy or simple may replace crazy) Insane, stuporous, hysterical, or otherwise affected mentally by imprisonment: Any number of others were what we call stir-crazy, going about their routine like punch-drunk boxers (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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