What does stocking mean?

Definitions for stocking
ˈstɒk ɪŋstock·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stockingnoun

    close-fitting hosiery to cover the foot and leg; come in matched pairs (usually used in the plural)

  2. stockingnoun

    the activity of supplying a stock of something

    "he supervised the stocking of the stream with trout"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stockingnoun

    The covering of the leg.

    In his first approach before my lady he will come to her in yellow stockings, and ’tis a colour she abhors. William Shakespeare.

    By the loyalty of that town he procured shoes, stockings, and money for his soldiers. Edward Hyde.

    Unless we should expect that nature should make jerkins and stockings grow out of the ground, what could she do better than afford us so fit materials for cloathing as the wool of sheep? Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    He spent half a day to look for his odd stocking, when he had them both upon a leg. Roger L'Estrange.

    See how he rolls his stockings! Spectator.

    At am’rous Flavio is the stocking thrown,
    That very night he longs to lie alone. Alexander Pope.

    The families of farmers live in filth and nastiness, without a shoe or stocking to their feet. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Stockingverb

    To dress in stockings.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Stocking’d with loads of fat town-dirt, he goes. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stocking

    of Stock

  2. Stockingnoun

    a close-fitting covering for the foot and leg, usually knit or woven

  3. Stockingverb

    to dress in GBs

  4. Etymology: [From Stock, which was formerly used of a covering for the legs and feet, combining breeches, or upper stocks, and stockings, or nether stocks.]


  1. Stocking

    A stocking is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment covering the foot and lower part of the leg. Stockings vary in color, design and transparency. By analogy, the term is also used to describe a type of horse marking in which the white coloring extends from the horse's hoof to just above the knee. Today, stockings are primarily worn by women for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length skirts. They can also be worn for increased warmth. They are also sometimes worn by men, and in cross-dressing and fetishism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stocking

    stok′ing, n. a close covering for the foot and lower leg.—ns. Stockinet′, an elastic knitted fabric for under-garments; Stock′inger, one who knits stockings; Stock′ing-frame, a knitting-machine. [From stock, the stockings being the nether-stocks when the long hose came to be cut at the knee.]

Editors Contribution

  1. stocking

    A type of footwear product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, shoe size, leg size and styles.

    Stockings vary in fashion.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stocking in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stocking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stocking in a Sentence

  1. Maya Angelou:

    All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.

  2. James Blake:

    We're doing approximately our average monthly orders in a day, our tins have a 25-year shelf life so people are really thinking about stocking up.

  3. Anna Ready:

    They changed the underlying definition of staple foods to exclude foods that have multiple ingredients so that a mixed fruit cup or can of chicken noodle soup could no longer be counted towards a retailer’s stocking requirements, this is extremely onerous for small format retailers with limited storage space and it would be very costly to change supply and delivery, or even remodel a store, to comply with this.

  4. Iyad Nasr:

    We are now standing by, our warehouses are full of aid supplies, aid agencies are alerted, and are stocking all the goods in the warehouses waiting for the signal.

  5. Reuters DWR:

    The aerial method of stocking is much quicker and less stressful for the fish.

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