frock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frock put a frock on
    • n frock a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    • n frock a habit worn by clerics
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frock A coarse gown worn by monks or friars, and supposed to take the place of all, or nearly all, other garments. It has a hood which can be drawn over the head at pleasure, and is girded by a cord.
    • Frock A loose outer garment; especially, a gown forming a part of European modern costume for women and children; also, a coarse shirtlike garment worn by some workmen over their other clothes; a smock frock; as, a marketman's frock .
    • Frock To clothe in a frock.
    • Frock To make a monk of. Cf. Unfrock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frock A garment with large sleeves worn by monks.
    • n frock A garment covering the body and worn by either sex. A loose outer garment worn by workmen, as agricultural laborers, etc., over their other clothes. Compare smock-frock.
    • n frock The principal outer garment of women: a term partly abandoned in recent times for the indistinctive word dress and the word gown, but still retained, particularly in the British islands, for the outer garment, consisting of a bodice or waist and a skirt, worn by children.
    • n frock Same as frock-coat.
    • n frock In the British service, the undress regimental coat of the guards, artillery, and royal marines.
    • n frock A sort of worsted netting worn by sailors, often in lieu of a shirt. Also called a Guernsey frock. Jamieson.
    • frock To supply or cover with a frock; hence, to invest with the privileges of those whose distinctive dress is a frock, as of a monk. See frock, n., 1.
    • n frock A frog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frock frok a wide-sleeved garment worn by monks: a loose upper garment worn by men: a sailor's jersey: a gown worn by females: an undress regimental coat
    • v.t Frock to furnish with a frock: to invest with priestly office
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. froc, a monk's cowl, coat, garment, LL. frocus, froccus, flocus, floccus, fr. L. floccus, a flock of wool; hence orig., a flocky cloth or garment; cf. L. flaccus, flabby, E. flaccid,

Usage

In literature:

Alfy's frock and mine will wash, even if they soil us.
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
That is why I am obliged to wear this shabby old frock,' looking down at it ruefully.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
It was creeping about like an old baby, and had on a little frock and pinafore.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
She put on a pink muslin frock and a hat of white straw wreathed with roses and leaves.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Kalliope, greatly delighted, brought out frock after frock.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
His principal garment was a frock coat, once black, but now grayish green.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Some day you will set your frock on fire.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Mrs. Austen had known him when she was in shorter frocks than those then in vogue.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Out of doors she wore a long, warm coat that entirely covered the green linen frock, and a little round fur hat.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
He turned, and there stood Floretta, looking prettier than usual in her short white frock, white shoes, and pink hair ribbons.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
Their husbands may work their fingers to the bone, and their parents be in the workhouse, but fine frocks they will have!
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Sometimes she sewed a little on the frocks and aprons, preparing for her school career.
"A Prairie Infanta" by Eva Wilder Brodhead
Close by him stood a boy, dressed in a red frock, with a white one over it.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Micky glanced at her once, but could only see the glint of firelight on her hair and her hands clasped listlessly in the lap of her frock.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
Did you bring any of my common, common frocks, nursie?
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Now, though, when she wanted to find her morning frock and apron, she grew impatient and irritable.
"The Making of Mona" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
And will that buy a frock?
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
A blue silk frock, and shoes with shining buckles; never had such a finely dressed child been seen in Elhalten before.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
It was a simple white satin frock, very plain and very girlish, and she wore a bunch of purple pansies with it.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
His wife might want him to come down in a frock coat to breakfast.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

But I don't think they're true to life,
And I'll just tell you why;
They never have a rumpled frock
Or ribbon bow awry.
"Dorothy's Opinion" by Carolyn Wells
An' let thy sister teäke thy eärm,
The walk won't do her any harm;
There's noo dirt now to spweil her frock,
The ground's a-vroze so hard's a rock.
"Chris’mas Invitation" by William Barnes
And ever, if bound here hardest home,
You've parlour-pastime left and (who'll
Not honour it?) ale like goldy foam
That frocks an oar in Penmaen Pool.
"Penmaen Pool" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
How poor I was: and yet no richer lover
Discovered joy so deep in earth and water;
And in the air that fades from blue to pearl,
And in a flower white-frocked like my small daughter.
"The Daisy" by Marya Zaturenska
Anon a mason's work amazed the sight,
And long-frocked men, called Brothers, there abode.
They pointed up, bowed head, and dug and sowed;
Whereof was shelter, loaf, and warm firelight.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
Too gentle of mien he seemed and fair,
For a child of those rugged steeps;
His home lay low in the valley where
The kingly Hudson rolls to the deeps;
But he wore the hunter's frock that day,
And a slender gun on his shoulder lay.
"Catterskill Falls" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

0Kelly Osbourne celebrated Christmas with her parents in 2009, balancing a feminine frock with an edgy leather jacket .
0Kelly Osbourne celebrated Christmas with her parents in 2009, balancing a feminine frock with an edgy leather jacket.
Taylor added metallic Christian Louboutin peep-toed heels to the feminine frock.
Lindsay Lohan stopped by A&E's Upfronts in NYC Wednesday rocking a lacy frock and strappy, sky-high stilettos--but all eyes were on her noticeably fuller face and dark, heavy brows.
Jim Frock, with Sandbar Productions, said he now has music for all the country music fans out there as well from the Grayson Rogers Band.
The 30-second spot features Justin Bieber's lady love swimming, while fully clothed in a gorgeous purple frock.
Stay fashionable, yet professional in these lovely frocks perfect for the office.
Froth, frocks and film at an anxiety -tinged Cannes.
Dec 8, 2012 Uihlein Hall was peppered with sparkly shoes and fluffy frocks for Saturday afternoon's opening of the Milwaukee Ballet 's production of "The Nutcracker" - and that was just the little girls in the audience.
Cheap, colorful fabric that Lilly Pulitzer bought to hide orange-juice stains inspired Palm Beach's favorite frock.
Emma Watson, Elle Fanning Rave About Their Calvin Klein Frocks at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards (Video).
Froth, frocks and film at an anxiety-tinged Cannes .
This city also knows how to rock a frock.
A color-blocked cork frock from Focus Architecture & Design.
The former Pussycat Doll teamed the daring frock with fuchsia heels, which she matched to lipstick in a similar shade.
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