Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Then came a clocked stocking; then, again, a diplomatic pump.

But we've clocked a little over thirty-three hours since we took off.

His stockings were of the finest silk, and clocked with gold from the knee to the ankle.

Here a chair was set down, there a chariot or a coach pulled up, and a clocked flunky bowing a lady in.

She had a pretty silk gown, with some ruffles about the bottom, short enough to show her clocked silk stockings.

The skirts were short, showing long, white, clocked stockings and red morocco slippers with elastic crossing the instep.

She was very pretty in her frock that ended above the ankles, and her fine white linen home-knit stockings were clocked.

His mother produced a clocked stocking of blue wool, and proceeded to turn the heel.

In those humble floor-coverings her knowing eyes recognized her first clocked stockings and Phœbe's baby cloak.

The night shift had clocked in over an hour ago, and there should be no passing through the gate for at least six hours.


late 14c., clokke, originally "clock with bells," probably from Middle Dutch clocke (Dutch klok) "a clock," from Old North French cloque (Old French cloke, Modern French cloche), from Medieval Latin (7c.) clocca "bell," probably from Celtic (cf. Old Irish clocc, Welsh cloch, Manx clagg "a bell") and spread by Irish missionaries (unless the Celtic words are from Latin); ultimately of imitative origin.

Replaced Old English dægmæl, from dæg "day" + mæl "measure, mark" (see meal (n.1)). The Latin word was horologium; the Greeks used a water-clock (klepsydra, literally "water thief"). Image of put (or set) the clock back "return to an earlier state or system" is from 1862. Round-the-clock (adj.) is from 1943, originally in reference to bomber air raids.