smocking

[smok-ing]
noun
1.
smocked needlework.
2.
embroidery stitches used to hold gathered cloth in even folds.

Origin:
1885–90; smock + -ing1

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smock

[smok]
noun
1.
a loose, lightweight overgarment worn to protect the clothing while working.
verb (used with object)
2.
to clothe in a smock.
3.
to draw (a fabric) by needlework into a honeycomb pattern with diamond-shaped recesses.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English (noun), Old English smocc; orig. name for a garment with a hole for the head; compare Old Norse smjūga to put on (a garment) over the head

smocklike, adjective
unsmocked, adjective
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smock (smɒk)
 
n
1.  any loose protective garment, worn by artists, laboratory technicians, etc
2.  a woman's loose blouse-like garment, reaching to below the waist, worn over slacks, etc
3.  Also called: smock frock a loose protective overgarment decorated with smocking, worn formerly esp by farm workers
4.  archaic a woman's loose undergarment, worn from the 16th to the 18th centuries
 
vb
5.  to ornament (a garment) with smocking
 
[Old English smocc; related to Old High German smocco, Old Norse smokkr blouse, Middle High German gesmuc decoration]
 
'smocklike
 
adj

smocking (ˈsmɒkɪŋ)
 
n
ornamental needlework used to gather and stitch material in a honeycomb pattern so that the part below the gathers hangs in even folds

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Word Origin & History

smock
O.E. smoc "woman's garment," from P.Gmc. *smukkaz (cf. O.N. smokkr, but this is perhaps from O.E., O.H.G. smoccho "smock," a rare word, N.Fris. smok, but this, too, perhaps from Eng.), from PIE base *smeugh- "to press" (cf. O.C.S. smykati se "to creep"). Original notion seems to be "garment one creeps
into," as the word is related to O.N. smjuga "to creep into (a garment)" and O.E. smugan "to creep" and smygel "a burrow." Cf. also Ger. schmiegen "to cling to, to press close, nestle," hence M.H.G. verb smucken, Ger. schmucken "to adorn." Eng. smock was common down to 18c., and was emblematic of womanhood generally, cf. verb smock "to render (a man) effeminate or womanish" (1614); smock-face "person having a pale, effeminate face" (1605). Replaced by euphemistic shift (n.2). Modern meaning "woman's or child's loose dress or blouse" is from 1907; sense of "loose garment worn by artists over other clothes" is from 1938.
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Example sentences
Informations on factors such as smocking habits, previous medical history was recorded at enrollment.
The fullness is put into smocking, drawn several inches above the normal waistline.
Touches of smocking or embroidery add to the charm of these little things.
They are trimmed with clever touches of embroidery, smocking is also shown on a few.
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