from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A garment of coarse linen, resembling a shirt in shape, worn by field-laborers over their other clothes: similar to the French blouse. The yoke of this garment at its best is elaborately shirred or puckered. See smocking.


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  • “Stand and deliver,” said one of them, a short stout fellow, in a smock-frock, such as are worn by waggoners.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Few women of old family can be thoroughly taught that a fine soul may wear a smock-frock, and an admittedly common man in one is but a worm in their eyes.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • “I call it doosid stale old rappee,” says Mr. Brummell — (as for me I declare I could not smell anything at all in either of the boxes.) “Old boy in smock-frock, take a pinch?”

    Roundabout Papers

  • “Hullo!” said the tranter, suddenly catching sight of a singular human figure standing in the doorway, and wearing a long smock-frock of pillow-case cut and of snowy whiteness.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • This was addressed to the young man before mentioned, consisting chiefly of a human skeleton and a smock-frock, who was very awkward in his movements, apparently on account of having grown so very fast that before he had had time to get used to his height he was higher.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • The old boy in the smock-frock, as Mr. Brummell called him, was

    Roundabout Papers

  • You shall change this smock-frock for a real cloth jacket, and your thick boots for polished shoes.

    A Changed Man

  • And there was a face looking down on her; but it was an unknown face, belonging to an elderly man in a smock-frock.

    Adam Bede

  • And after ever such a while — hours and hours — the man came — him in a smock-frock, and he looked at me so, I was frightened, and I made haste and went on.

    Adam Bede

  • Alick, the shepherd, in his new smock-frock, taking an uneasy siesta, half-sitting, half-standing on the granary steps.

    Adam Bede


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