in ones stocking feet


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.

1575–85; stock + -ing1

stockinged, adjective
stockingless, adjective
half-stocking, noun
overstocking, noun
unstockinged, adjective Unabridged
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stocking (ˈstɒkɪŋ)
1.  one of a pair of close-fitting garments made of knitted yarn to cover the foot and part or all of the leg
2.  something resembling this in position, function, appearance, etc
3.  in one's stocking feet, in one's stockinged feet wearing stockings or socks but no shoes
[C16: from dialect stock stocking + -ing1]

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Word Origin & History

"close-fitting garment covering the foot and leg," 1583, from stocka "leg covering, stock," from O.E. stocu "sleeve," related to O.E. 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 O.N. stuka, O.H.G. stuhha, from the same P.Gmc. 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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Science Dictionary
stock   (stŏk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The trunk or main stem of a tree or another plant.

  2. A plant or stem onto which a graft is made.

  3. A plant or tree from which cuttings and scions are taken.

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Cultural Dictionary

stock definition

A share in the ownership of a corporation.

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