Definition of stocking in US English:



  • 1A women's garment, typically made of translucent nylon or silk, that fits closely over the foot and is held up by garters or an elasticized strip at the upper thigh.

    • ‘Any woman will understand the pure sensual pleasure of silk stockings, or even just really fine denier nylon, if she has ever tried them.’
    • ‘The delicate cycle, which uses a slower and gentler spin intensity, is for laundering lingerie, stockings and other garments that are normally handwashed.’
    • ‘Women were issued a special page of coupons for one pair of fully fashioned silk stockings every six months.’
    • ‘Sometimes he told her to come to his home wearing stockings and suspenders.’
    • ‘A murder trial was told that she, wearing stockings and suspenders, bludgeoned him to death while her four-year-old daughter, Amy, played in the garden.’
    • ‘After the corset came stockings, three petticoats, and a pure white overdress.’
    • ‘The undergarments included stockings, petticoats, drawers, and a corset.’
    • ‘She wore a gown of purple georgette, silk stockings and high-heeled shoes.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a suspender belt, stockings and wearing rubber gloves which he liked.’
    • ‘I have experimented with Suspender Tights, which are tights with all the bits cut out around the top of the leg, so that they are like stockings & suspenders all in one.’
    • ‘The short, light green dress exposed her stockings and suspenders and her long, slim legs.’
    • ‘Common gifts were jewels, gloves, silk stockings, flowers, garters, handkerchiefs, and paperweights.’
    • ‘She put it on with distaste then pulled on her pale beige silk stockings, hooking them on with garters.’
    • ‘Other articles were put on, as were petticoats, stockings and fluffy under-skirts.’
    • ‘She was referring to the picture of myself dressed in a basque, stockings, suspenders and a thong that circulated on everybody's mobile phone.’
    • ‘A Vettriano woman wears stockings and suspenders, never tights.’
    • ‘Minutes later, the silk stockings and shoes turned up at the hotel and were quickly redirected to the Register Office just in time for the ceremony.’
    • ‘Sexy does not have to mean stockings and suspenders or some feeble excuse for a top, with a teeny, weeny micro skirt.’
    • ‘She was by no means a classic beauty but was eager to enhance her allure with her power suits and slightly risqué conversation, which included the revelation that she wore stockings and suspender belt.’
    • ‘He adds that the lady was wearing nylons: ‘I tried it with silk stockings, but that didn't give a good rendering at all.’’
    nylons, stay-ups
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    1. 1.1
      • ‘This is the season of toasted marshmallows and stockings above the fireplace.’
    2. 1.2US archaic A long sock worn by men.
      • ‘Thus, a miller in apron and shirtsleeves would not be confused with a magistrate in frock coat, knee breeches, and silk stockings.’
      • ‘Not for nothing is Alastair clad in the finest cloth, his plaid trimmed in gold, his stockings tied with silk garters.’
      • ‘Men wore stockings with britches before women ever wore stockings.’
    3. 1.3usually with modifier A cylindrical bandage or other medical covering for the leg resembling a stocking, especially an elasticized support used in the treatment of disorders of the veins.
      • ‘In this study, use of elastic compression stockings provided effective prevention of DVT formation.’
      • ‘It's hard enough to get people to use their canes or to wear unfashionable support stockings.’
      • ‘After either treatment, you will have to wear support stockings or elastic bandages for several weeks.’
      • ‘Compression stockings or subcutaneous heparin should be employed to prevent DVTs.’
      • ‘The patient had used compression stockings faithfully during pregnancy 10 years earlier.’
      • ‘To reduce this risk, most people are asked to wear compression stockings to help maintain the blood flow in the veins of the legs during and soon after the procedure.’
      • ‘Wearing support stockings may also be helpful.’
      • ‘Further recommendations include offering passengers flight compression stockings and low-dose aspirin as preventive measures.’
      • ‘For those especially concerned about DVT, he recommends wearing support stockings, which helps push the blood through the legs better.’
      • ‘Wear support stockings, which you can buy at most drugstores.’
      • ‘Elastic compression stockings also are useful, but only in low-risk patients.’
      • ‘Most people are asked to wear support stockings to help maintain the blood flow in the veins of the legs during and after the procedure.’
      • ‘The interviewing nurse also explains the need for compression stockings or sequential compression devices to prevent deep vein thrombosis.’
      • ‘During the flight, patients can take preventive measures by staying well hydrated, exercising and wearing elastic compression stockings.’
      • ‘Patients with a deep vein thrombosis should wear compression stockings as the rate of post-thombotic syndrome may be reduced.’
      • ‘Although compression stockings reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis in other groups of high risk patients, this has not been confirmed in stroke.’
      • ‘Applying pressure by support stockings to keep the varicose veins from filling is the first line of treatment.’
      • ‘No other anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents were allowed, but all patients were to make use of graduated compression stockings and physical therapy.’
      • ‘Elevating your legs and wearing support stockings can help ease any discomfort.’
      • ‘Graded elastic compression stockings have been associated with a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of postphlebitic syndrome.’
    4. 1.4 A white marking of the lower part of a horse's leg, extending as far as, or just beyond, the knee or hock.
      • ‘Therefore I prefer horses without white stockings.’
      • ‘When they arrived at Bay Star's stall, they saw her licking a chestnut foal with four white stockings and a white stripe down its chest.’
      • ‘While Belochamp was almost a uniform gray except for his white mane and tail, Theram had a white star and stockings on both his hind legs.’


  • in (one's) stocking feet

    • Without shoes.

      ‘she stood five feet ten in her stocking feet’
      • ‘I stand four feet eleven in my stockinged feet.’
      • ‘The result is a rough, somewhat rumpled yet charming face, like a Renaissance aristocrat, unshaven and in stockinged feet, caught between the bedroom and the bath.’
      • ‘John, Director of Finance, Property & Business Affairs says: ‘Six feet 11 inches in his stockinged feet, Chris was never an easy man to overlook.’’
      • ‘But the woman who stands 5ft 11 ins in her stockinged feet said there is only one thing she misses about the life that took her across Europe pushing fast cars and fancy frocks, ‘I must admit I do miss the perks - the expensive clothes and gifts.’’
      • ‘When eating my breakfast the next morning I watched a succession of businessmen in expensive suits enter the dining room in their stockinged feet.’
      • ‘He stands 6.2 feet tall in his stockinged feet with broad muscular shoulders and wide hips.’
      • ‘Getting up from the table, he made a beeline for Serena, noting she was in stockinged feet, her high-heeled shoes carried down by her side.’
      • ‘Most Saturday nights saw dances there, and enthusiasts would often walk to the beach and climb back up the steep track to town in stockinged feet.’
      • ‘As the morning bleakness finally gives way to splatters of rain, family saloons pull up outside the ground and stiff-limbed footballers climb out before trudging, in stockinged feet, into the stadium.’
      • ‘Within two weeks the little Frenchman, 5ft 1in in his stockinged feet, had fallen ill; within a month he was dead of pneumonia.’


Late 16th century: from stock in the dialect sense ‘stocking’ + -ing.