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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frocking cloth suitable for frocks, coarse jean
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. froc, a monk's frock—Low L. frocus—L. floccus, a flock of wool; or more prob. (acc. to Brachet and Littré) from Low L. hrocus—Old High Ger. hroch (Ger. rock), a coat.


In literature:

She took off her sopping frock, and gave it to the woman to hang up.
"Little Folks" by Various
His knock was answered by the maid, a tall girl of cheerful expression, in a black frock, a white apron, and a snow-white cap.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But if there are any young girls there as guests, you might borrow a frock for to-night.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Her dainty white frock was short, and she wore little white socks and slippers.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
Then she donned her light blue frock, and went dancing downstairs, to find that her father had already arrived.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
She wore a little Turkey-red frock, and she had neither hat nor coat on.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Not time to change my frock and put on something less shabby.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Large and bulky garments, such as overcoats and frock coats, should be folded in triplicate.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
A sailor's coloured frock-shirt.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She had a felt hat and a blue frock.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
The gray frock was looked out and soon got ready.
"Robin Redbreast" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Run up to your room, dear, and put on your brown holland frock.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
The girl realized that the rough and ready frocks she possessed were not in style.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Hats were awry, hair was dishevelled, frocks were limp and bedraggled.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
You'll be taking her to parties in a long frock before you know it.
"The Torch Bearer" by Reina Melcher Marquis
She had had some of Jenny's frocks made over for her, and had been wearing Jenny's coat all winter.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
I heard thee say thee made Janey's frocks.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Madge, in a frock that seemed to be held up singly and solely by her presence of mind, played fox-trots.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
Can her heart ever have beaten for a man clad in a monk's frock?
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
The work was a birthday frock.
"A Round Dozen" by Susan Coolidge

In poetry:

Who wet their shoes and learn to box,
And say what isn't true,
Who bite their nails and jam their frocks,
And make long noses too;
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Forbear! thy cowl's a helmet, thy serge frock
Invulnerable as brass--yet I am human,
Thou, priest, art still a man.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
I'll handle dainties on the docks
And thou shalt read of summer frocks:
At evening by the sour canals
We'll hope to hear some madrigals.
"Untitled" by Cecil Day Lewis
And I may walk the pretty place
Before the curtsying hollyhocks
And laundered daisies, round of face-
Good little girls, in party frocks.
"Story Of Mrs. W-" by Dorothy Parker
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

In news:

Frock Around The Clock at Lisburn.
Vintage fever took Lisburn by storm last Saturday when Northern Ireland's favourite vintage event, the fabulous Frock Around The Clock Vintage Fair, visited the City for the first time.
Thirties and younger crowd don fancy hats and flirty frocks for fourth annual Deighton Cup party at Hastings Racecourse.
The rose-and-orchid-lavished headdresses were more than a match for the dresses they complemented — frocks by the likes of Tory Burch, Zang Toi and Thierry Mugler.
Designer swaps his normally raunchy frocks.
The Rubber RoseExpect high-end pleasure devices and frocks to frolic in, plus locally designed gear, DVDs, zines, and plenty of free, nonsketchy advice.
The 28-year-old stepped out in a bright blue frock, a black blazer and matching shoes in London October 27.
The retro feeling, belted frock was perfect for a daytime luncheon.
In April 2012 Brit babe Coleen Rooney was spotted on the streets rocking Roksanda Ilincic's hot pink frock with black patent Christian Louboutin platforms and a matching belt.
The actress wore Christian Louboutin heels with the flirty frock.
Cabler's first reality skein focuses on L.A. Smithsonian Channel greenlights ' Frock Stars'.
Chloe Sevigny Dons a Short Miu Miu Frock for HBO Party.
Frock, 56, of rural Monroe, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Allen County on October 23, 1955, to Robert (Sara) D. Frock, New Haven, and the late Betty Ann (Liebert) Peck.
Good-natured runners don't mind making a spectacle of themselves: Instead of shorts and T-shirts, the dress code for this event is frocks and gowns in every shade of red.