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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SMOCK

There is another ahead of him there, with the head of a scythe inside his smock.

Mist, a contraction of commission, signifying a shirt, smock or sheet.

"Quite right, Lorenzo," said Flamby, throwing her smock on to a stool.

He was dressed in a sort of smock that was much torn, and held in his hand a stout staff.

In 1873 the name was shortened to Smock and it so appears today.

Beers Smock and Smock are identical as grown at this Station.

Geary is said to be a seedling of Smock; on the Station grounds it ripens with it.

Truly, I know not, except you will wear a smock's upper coat.

There were sack races for the young men and smock races for the young women.

No man in Oxford market wore a smock that could be compared with his.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English smoc "garment worn by women, corresponding to the shirt on men," from Proto-Germanic *smukkaz (cf. Old Norse smokkr "a smock," but this is perhaps from Old English; Old High German smoccho "smock," a rare word; North Frisian smok "woman's shift," but this, too, perhaps from English).

Klein's sources, Barnhart and the OED see this as connected to a group of Germanic sm- words having to do with creeping or pressing close, e.g. Old Norse smjuga "to creep (through an opening), to put on (a garment)," smuga "narrow cleft to creep through; small hole;" Old Swedish smog "a round hole for the head;" Old English smugan, smeogan "to creep," smygel "a burrow." Cf. also German schmiegen "to cling to, press close, nestle;" and Schmuck "jewelry, adornments," from schmucken "to adorn," literally "to dress up."

Watkins, however, traces it to a possible Germanic base *(s)muk- "wetness," figuratively "slipperiness," from PIE root*meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Either way, the original notion, then, seems generally to have been "garment one creeps or slips into," by the same pattern that produced sleeve and slip (n.2).

Now replaced by euphemistic shift (n.2); smock was the common word down to 18c., and was emblematic of womanhood generally, cf. verb smock "to render (a man) effeminate or womanish" (1610s); smocker "man who consorts with women" (18c.); smock-face "person having a pale, effeminate face" (c.1600). A smock-race (1707) was an old country pastime, a foot-race for women and girls with a smock as a prize. Modern meaning "woman's or child's loose dress or blouse" is from 1907; sense of "loose garment worn by artists over other clothes" is from 1938.

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