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From hose + -ier.
hosier (plural hosiers)
- One who deals in hose or stocking, or in goods knit or woven like hose.
- William Blake's father was a hosier.
1837, Nathaniel Whittock, J. Bennett editor, The complete book of trades, volume 1, edition 1, page 289:
- Haberdasher and hosier. Each of those trades merge in the other, occasionally;..our Hosiers seldom confine their dealings to the wares which clothe our legs.