(noun, adjective, verb)


1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

- a stock answer

Similar word(s): unoriginal, banal, commonplace, hackneyed, shopworn, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite

2. routine

- I got a stock email to my question

Similar word(s): standard

3. regularly and widely used or sold

- a stock item

Similar word(s): regular, standard

Sentences with stock as an adjective:

- stock items

- stock sizes

- That band is quite stock

- He gave me a stock reply


1. the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity)

- he owns a controlling share of the company's stock

Definition categories: possession, capital

2. the merchandise that a shop has on hand

Similar word(s): inventory

Definition categories: man–made, merchandise, product, ware

3. the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun

- the rifle had been fitted with a special stock

Similar word(s): gunstock

Definition categories: man–made, grip, handgrip, handle, hold, support

4. a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation

- the value of his stocks doubled during the past year

Definition categories: possession, certificate, security

5. a supply of something available for future use

Similar word(s): fund, store

Definition categories: possession, accumulation

6. the descendants of one individual

Similar word(s): ancestry, blood, bloodline, descent, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma

Definition categories: group, genealogy

7. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

Similar word(s): breed, strain

Definition categories: group, variety

8. liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces

- she made gravy with a base of beef stock

Similar word(s): broth

Definition categories: food, soup

9. the reputation and popularity a person has

- his stock was so high he could have been elected mayor

Definition categories: state, reputation, repute

10. persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant

Similar word(s): caudex

Definition categories: plant, stalk, stem

11. a plant or stem onto which a graft is made; especially a plant grown specifically to provide the root part of grafted plants

Definition categories: plant

12. any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers

Similar word(s): gillyflower

Definition categories: plant, flower

13. any of various ornamental flowering plants of the genus Malcolmia

Definition categories: plant, flower

14. lumber used in the construction of something

- they will cut round stock to 1-inch diameter

Definition categories: man–made, lumber, timber

15. the handle end of some implements or tools

- he grabbed the cue by the stock

Definition categories: man–made, grip, handgrip, handle, hold

16. an ornamental white cravat

Similar word(s): neckcloth

Definition categories: man–made, cravat

17. any animals kept for use or profit

Similar word(s): livestock

Definition categories: animal, eutherian, placental

Sentences with stock as a noun:

- We have a stock of televisions on hand.

- Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.

- When the bad news came out, the company's stock dropped precipitously.

- After that last screw-up of mine, my stock is pretty low around here.

- The books were printed on a heavier stock this year.


1. have on hand

Similar word(s): carry, stockpile

Definition categories: possession, have, hold

2. equip with a stock

- stock a rifle

Definition categories: possession, equip, fit, outfit

3. supply with fish

- stock a lake

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

4. supply with livestock

- stock a farm

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

5. amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use

- let's stock coffee as long as prices are low

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

6. provide or furnish with a stock of something

- stock the larder with meat

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

7. put forth and grow sprouts or shoots

Similar word(s): sprout

Definition categories: body, acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

Sentences with stock as a verb:

- The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.

- to stock a warehouse with goods

- to stock a farm, i.e. to supply it with cattle and tools

- to stock land, i.e. to occupy it with a permanent growth, especially of grass