• (British) IPA: /flɒk/
  • (America) IPA: /flɑk/

flock (plural flocks)

  1. A large number of birds, especially those gathered together for the purpose of migration.
  2. A large number of animals, especially sheep or goats kept together.
  3. Those served by a particular pastor or shepherd.
        • 1864, Alfred Tennyson, “Aylmer’s Field”, in Enoch Arden, &c., London: Edward Moxon & Co., […], OCLC 879237670 ↗, page 83 ↗:
          But lapsed into so long a pause again / As half amazed, half frighted all his flock: [...]
  4. A large number of people.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Maccabees 14:14 ↗:
      The heathen […] came to Nicanor by flocks.
    Synonyms: congregation
  5. (Christianity) A religious congregation.
    Synonyms: congregation
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

flock (flocks, present participle flocking; past and past participle flocked)

  1. (intransitive) To congregate in or head towards a place in large numbers.
    People flocked to the cinema to see the new film.
    • Friends daily flock.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To flock to; to crowd.
    • 1609, Taylor
      Good fellows, trooping, flocked me so.
  3. To treat a pool with chemicals to remove suspended particles.
Translations Noun


  1. Coarse tufts of wool or cotton used in bedding.
  2. A lock of wool or hair.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      I prythee, Tom, beat Cut's saddle, put a few flocks in the point.
  3. Very fine sifted woollen refuse, especially that from shearing the nap of cloths, formerly used as a coating for wallpaper to give it a velvety or clothlike appearance; also, the dust of vegetable fibre used for a similar purpose.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter II, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0091 ↗:
      There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
Translations Verb

flock (flocks, present participle flocking; past and past participle flocked)

  1. (transitive) To coat a surface with dense fibers or particles.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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