Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lower part of the hose or legcovering, as distinguished from the trunk-hose, or thigh-covering: usually in the plural.
  • n. The stocking as distinguished from the breeches: usually in the plural.

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Examples

  • She had a fine gown on her back, and a passing nether-stock.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 6

  • a dispute upon the preference due to the Spanish nether-stock over the black Gascoigne hose, and mine host had just winked to the guests around him, as who should say, “You will have mirth presently, my masters,” when the trampling of horses was heard in the courtyard, and the hostler was loudly summoned, with a few of the newest oaths then in vogue to add force to the invocation.

    Kenilworth

  • The pedlar and he were closely engaged in a dispute upon the preference due to the Spanish nether-stock over the black Gascoigne hose, and mine host had just winked to the guests around him, as who should say, "You will have mirth presently, my masters," when the trampling of horses was heard in the courtyard, and the hostler was loudly summoned, with a few of the newest oaths then in vogue to add force to the invocation.

    Kenilworth

  • Spanish nether-stock over the Gascoigne hose, although thou seest how well the French hose set off the leg and knee, being adorned with parti-coloured garters and garniture in conformity.”

    Kenilworth

  • Here was a rogue pedlar but now was crying up the old-fashioned Spanish nether-stock over the Gascoigne hose, although thou seest how well the French hose set off the leg and knee, being adorned with parti-coloured garters and garniture in conformity. "

    Kenilworth

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