See also: Stocking
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstɑkɪŋ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈstɒkɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒkɪŋ
- Homophone: stalking (with cot-caught merger)
From stock (“cover with material”) + -ing. Corruption of old plural -en, i.e. stocken, now singular.
stocking (plural stockings)
- A soft garment, usually knit or woven, worn on the foot and lower leg under shoes or other footwear.
- a pair of stockings
- A broad ring of a different fur colour on the lower part of the leg of a quadruped.
- A knitted hood of cotton thread which is eventually converted by a special process into an incandescent mantle for gas lighting.
- Stocking may refer either to men's socks or to women's hose, but rarely to socks when worn by women. However, this usage appears somewhat variable.
terms derived from stocking (noun)
- → Scottish Gaelic: stocainn
garment (for translations of "sock", see sock)
- present participle of stock
- I've almost finished stocking these groceries.
- (forestry) A ratio of the actual density of trees in an area to the ideal density that would make the fullest use of the land.
- stocking in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911