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Etymology 1[edit]



sock (plural socks or sox) (sox is informal and non-standard)

  1. A knitted or woven covering for the foot.
  2. A shoe worn by Greco-Roman comedy actors.
  3. A color pattern (usually white) on a cat's lower leg that is different from the color pattern on the rest of the cat, thus giving it the impression of a wearing a sock.
  4. (Internet slang) A sock puppet.
  5. (firearms, informal) A gun sock.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown, but compare Portuguese soco ("a hit with one's hand; a punch"). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (W. Eng. dial.): zock


sock (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Extremely successful.
    • 1960, Billboard magazine reviewer
      Sock performance on a catchy rhythm ditty with infectious tempo.


sock (plural socks)

  1. A violent blow; a punch.


sock (third-person singular simple present socks, present participle socking, simple past and past participle socked)

  1. (transitive) To hit or strike violently; to deliver a blow to.
    • 1951, J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 13:
      What you should be is not yellow at all. If you're supposed to sock somebody in the jaw, and you sort of feel like doing it, you should do it.
    • 1951, James Jones, From Here to Eternity, Book Four:
      They may let you off the first time because you're new maybe. But the second time they'll sock it to you, give you a couple of days in the Hole, then throw you in Number Two.
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Etymology 3[edit]

French soc, Late Latin soccus, perhaps of Celtic origin.


sock (plural socks)

  1. A ploughshare.
    • D. Brewster, The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia
      In Wexford, the beam is shorter than in any of the other counties, and the sock in general is of cast iron.

Etymology 4[edit]


sock (plural socks)

  1. (computing, networking) Abbreviation of socket.




sock c

  1. sock


Declension of sock 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative sock socken sockar sockarna
Genitive socks sockens sockars sockarnas

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