Definition of stock adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stɒk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːk//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1(disapproving) a stock excuse, answer, etc. is one that is often used because it is easy and convenient, but that is not very original ‘No comment,’ was the actor's stock response. Her stock excuse was: ‘I’m washing my hair tonight’.
  2. 2usually available for sale in a shop/store synonym standard stock sizes
  3. Word OriginOld English stoc(c) ‘trunk, block of wood, post’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stok and German Stock ‘stick’. The notion ‘store, fund’ (senses (1) to (5)) arose in late Middle English and is of obscure origin, perhaps expressing “growth from a central stem” or “firm foundation”.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stock