A smock is a piece of clothing that's worn to protect the clothes it covers, like an artist's smock or an old-fashioned shepherd's smock.

When you wear a smock, you put on a loose, protective garment that resembles an apron with sleeves. When you smock, however, you use a special sewing technique that makes small, decorative pleats or gathers. The Old English root of smock is smoc, "loose-fitting woman's undergarment," which is probably related to the Old English smūgan, "to creep," and the Old Norse smjúga, "to put on or creep into a garment."

Definitions of smock

n a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles

dust coat, duster, gabardine, gaberdine
Type of:
a loose-fitting protective garment that is worn over other clothing

v embellish by sewing in straight lines crossing each other diagonally

“The folk dancers wore smocked shirts”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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