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Sock vs. Stocking: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A sock is a garment for the foot and lower part of the leg, typically not extending above the ankle or calf, while a stocking is a close-fitting, elastic garment covering the foot and part of the leg, usually extending above the knee or thigh.
Sock vs. Stocking

Key Differences

Socks are designed to cover the feet and usually extend to the ankle or calf, providing comfort and protection for the feet in shoes. Stockings, on the other hand, are longer, covering not only the foot but also part of the leg, often extending over the knee.
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Socks are commonly made from cotton, wool, or synthetic materials and are an everyday wear item for most people. Stockings are typically made from thinner, more elastic materials like nylon or silk and are often associated with formal or dressier attire.
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The primary function of socks is to absorb moisture and provide cushioning for the feet. Stockings, while also providing these benefits, have a secondary role in fashion, sometimes being used for aesthetic purposes.
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Socks come in a variety of styles, including ankle, crew, and knee-high, and are worn by all genders. Stockings, including pantyhose and thigh-highs, are traditionally worn by women and are often used as a fashion accessory.
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In terms of cultural significance, socks are a staple in everyday attire across various cultures, while stockings have a more specific role in fashion, often associated with femininity and elegance.
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Comparison Chart

Length

Typically ankle to calf length
Usually extends above the knee
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Material

Cotton, wool, synthetics
Nylon, silk, elastane
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Primary Function

Moisture absorption, foot protection
Fashion, moisture absorption
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Styles

Ankle, crew, knee-high, etc.
Pantyhose, thigh-highs, etc.
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Cultural Significance

Everyday wear, universal
Fashion accessory, often feminine
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Sock and Stocking Definitions

Sock

A sock can also be a theatrical term for a low comedy.
The play was a sock, filled with slapstick humor.
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Stocking

A close-fitting garment covering the foot and part of the leg, often worn by women.
She wore elegant silk stockings to the formal event.
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Sock

A garment worn on the feet, usually extending to the ankle or calf.
He put on a pair of warm woolen socks in the winter.
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Stocking

Stocking can also be a verb meaning to supply or fill up.
The supermarket is stocking up on essentials due to the forecasted storm.
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Sock

A garment that covers the foot and part of the leg usually made of cotton or wool and worn for warmth or for protection from abrasion from a shoe or boot.
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Stocking

A stocking can also refer to a stock or supply of something.
The store had a good stocking of winter clothes.
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Sock

(Meteorology) A windsock.
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Stocking

Around Christmas, a stocking is a decorative sock hung to receive gifts.
The children hung their stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve.
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Sock

A light shoe worn by comic actors in ancient Greek and Roman plays.
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Stocking

In fishing, 'stocking' is the practice of adding fish to a body of water.
The lake was closed for stocking with trout.
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Sock

Comic drama; comedy
"He ... knew all niceties of the sock and buskin" (Byron).
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Stocking

A close-fitting, usually knitted covering for the foot and leg, often made of sheer fabric as nylon or silk and rising high on the leg.
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Sock

A hard blow or punch.
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Stocking

A sock.
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Sock

To provide with socks.
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Stocking

An elasticized garment that exerts pressure on the leg to improve blood flow and is used in the treatment of various circulatory disorders or sometimes following surgery.
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Sock

To hit or strike forcefully; punch.
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Stocking

A bag in the shape of a large sock that is often decorated and hung on a mantle for the deposit of Christmas presents.
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Sock

To deliver a blow.
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Stocking

A white marking on the lower leg of a dark-colored horse, extending from the hoof to at least the hock or knee.
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Sock

A knitted or woven covering for the foot.
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Stocking

A soft garment, usually knit or woven, worn on the foot and lower leg under shoes or other footwear.
A pair of stockings
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Sock

A shoe worn by Greco-Roman comedy actors.
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Stocking

A broad ring of a different fur colour on the lower part of the leg of a quadruped.
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Sock

A cat's or dog's lower leg that is a different color (usually white) from the color pattern on the rest of the animal.
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Stocking

A knitted hood of cotton thread which is eventually converted by a special process into an incandescent mantle for gas lighting.
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Sock

(Internet slang) A sock puppet.
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Stocking

(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.
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Sock

Ellipsis of windsock.
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Stocking

Present participle of stock
I've almost finished stocking these groceries.
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Sock

Ellipsis of gun sock.
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Stocking

A close-fitting covering for the foot and leg, usually knit or woven.
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Sock

(slang) A violent blow; a punch.
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Stocking

Any of various things resembling, or likened to, a stocking{1};
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Sock

A ploughshare.
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Stocking

To dress in GBs.
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Sock

Abbreviation of socket
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Stocking

Close-fitting hosiery to cover the foot and leg; come in matched pairs (usually used in the plural)
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Sock

The sound of a punch or powerful blow.
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Stocking

The activity of supplying a stock of something;
He supervised the stocking of the stream with trout
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Sock

To hit or strike violently; to deliver a blow to.
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Stocking

Wearing stockings;
Walks about in his stockinged (or stocking) feet
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Sock

To throw.
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Sock

Extremely successful.
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Sock

A plowshare.
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Sock

The shoe worn by actors of comedy in ancient Greece and Rome, - used as a symbol of comedy, or of the comic drama, as distinguished from tragedy, which is symbolized by the buskin.
Great Fletcher never treads in buskin here,Nor greater Jonson dares in socks appear.
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Sock

A knit or woven covering for the foot and lower leg; a stocking with a short leg.
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Sock

A warm inner sole for a shoe.
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Sock

To hurl, drive, or strike violently; - often with it as an object.
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Sock

Hosiery consisting of a cloth covering for the foot; worn inside the shoe; reaches to between the ankle and the knee
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Sock

A truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
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Sock

Hit hard
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Sock

Sock, in informal terms, can mean to hit or punch.
He threatened to sock anyone who insulted him.
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Sock

In computing, a 'socket' or 'sock' refers to an endpoint for sending or receiving data.
The programmer had to fix a bug in the socket (sock) connection.
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Sock

As a verb, 'sock' can mean to put money away as savings.
She socked away her earnings for a future vacation.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a sock?

A garment for the foot and lower leg, typically not extending above the ankle or calf.
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Are stockings considered formal wear?

Often yes, especially in traditional or formal settings.
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Can socks be made of wool?

Yes, wool is a common material for socks.
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Are socks necessary for hygiene?

Socks help in absorbing sweat and reducing foot odor.
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What is a stocking?

A close-fitting garment covering the foot and part of the leg, usually extending above the knee.
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Can stockings help with leg fatigue?

Compression stockings can help reduce leg fatigue.
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Are socks unisex?

Yes, socks are worn by all genders.
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Do socks have a role in sports?

Yes, special socks are worn for various sports for comfort and protection.
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Can stockings be patterned?

Yes, stockings come in various patterns and colors.
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Are there medical stockings?

Yes, such as compression stockings for circulatory issues.
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Are stockings part of a uniform?

In some uniforms, stockings are required.
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What materials are stockings usually made of?

Stockings are typically made of nylon, silk, or elastane.
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What is the purpose of thermal socks?

To keep the feet warm in cold conditions.
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What is a sock puppet?

A handmade puppet made from a sock.
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How are socks sized?

Typically by shoe size or foot length.
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Can socks be a fashion statement?

Absolutely, socks come in various designs and styles.
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Is 'stocking up' related to stockings?

No, it means to accumulate or store items.
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Do socks come in ankle length?

Yes, ankle socks are a popular style.
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Do stockings have different thicknesses?

Yes, ranging from sheer to opaque.
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Can stockings have a control top?

Yes, some stockings are designed with a control top for shaping.
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