From Old English smoc(c), from Proto-Germanic *smukkaz (“something slipped into”); akin to Old High German smocho, Icelandic smokkr, and from the root of Old English smugan (“to creep”), akin to German schmiegen (“to cling to, press close”). Middle High German smiegen, Icelandic smjúga (“to creep through, to put on a garment which has a hole to put the head through”); compare with Lithuanian smukti (“to glide”). See also smug, smuggle.
smock (plural smocks)
- A woman's undergarment; a shift; a chemise.
- A blouse; a smock frock.
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- A loose garment worn as protection by a painter, etc.
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smock (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to a smock; resembling a smock
- Hence, of or pertaining to a woman.
- (transitive) To provide with, or clothe in, a smock or a smock frock.
- (transitive) To apply smocking.
- Noah Webster (1913), “smock”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company