\ \ [OE] Smock originally denoted a woman’s undergarment, and etymologically it may be a garment one ‘creeps’ or ‘burrows’ into.
\ \ For it may be related to Old English smūgancreep’ and smygelburrow’ and to Old Norse smjúgacreep into, put on a garment’. The underlying comparison seems to be between pulling on a tight undershirt over one’s head and burrowing into a narrow space. Low German smukkelen or smuggelen, the source of English smuggle [17], may come from the same source.

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