From Old English smoc; akin to Old High German smocho, Icelandic smokkr, and from the root of Old English smgan (“to creep”), akin to German schmiegen (“to cling to, press close”). Middle High German smiegen, Icelandic smjga (“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.
- Rhymes: -ɒk
smock (plural smocks)
- A woman's undergarment; a shift; a chemise.
- A blouse; a smock frock.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Carlyle to this entry?)
- A loose garment worn as protection by a painter, etc.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
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. Alfred Tennyson.
- (transitive) To apply smocking.