Meaning of SOCK in English

I. ˈsäk noun

( -s ; see sense 2a )

Etymology: Middle English socke, sokke, from Old English socc, from Latin soccus, a low-heeled light shoe, slipper, sock; akin to Greek sykchos, a shoe, sock, Avestan haxa sole of the foot

1. archaic : a low shoe or slipper


a. or plural sox -ks : a knitted or woven covering for the foot usually extending above the ankle and sometimes to the knee and worn inside the shoe or other footwear

b. : a soft protective covering (as for the head of a golf club) resembling a sock

c. : sock lining


[by shortening]

: wind sock


a. : a shoe worn by actors in Greek and Roman comedy

b. : comedy as a literary or theatrical form : the comic stage — compare buskin 2b

4. : a receptacle for savings

in France, the money tends to disappear into the sock ; here it goes into circulation — Frank Gorrell

5. : a usually white band of foot color extending to the fetlock

a horse with three white socks

6. : stocking 2c

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to furnish socks to : put socks on

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sok, sokk, from Middle French soc, from Old French — more at socket

chiefly Scotland : plowshare

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sökkva to cause to sink, sökkva to sink — more at sink

transitive verb

: to hit, strike, or apply forcefully

hailstones as big as pullet eggs were socking me on the head — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

I pick a good one and sock it — Babe Ruth

socked the hot iron to the calf's side — Lewis Nordyke

intransitive verb

: to deliver a blow : hit

a miracle that a person as old … could sock as hard or holler as loud as she could — J.T.Farrell

the bull lunged forward and socked against the mattress shield that protected the horse — Barnaby Conrad

- sock it to

V. noun

( -s )

1. : a vigorous or violent blow

got a sock in the belly from somebody that made him plenty sick — H.A.Sinclair

2. : force , punch

surface-to-surface missiles will add new sock to the Army's firepower — Time

VI. adjective

Etymology: sock (IV)

1. slang : having a loud or forceful quality

dazzling chorus work and sock arrangements — Douglas Watt

2. slang : highly successful

wrote a sock first play and can't get on with a second — Time

VII. intransitive verb

Etymology: probably imitative

dialect England : sigh

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.