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stocky

[stok-ee] /ˈstɒk i/
adjective, stockier, stockiest.
1.
of solid and sturdy form or build; thick-set and, usually, short.
2.
having a strong, stout stem, as a plant.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English stokky. See stock, -y1
Related forms
stockily, adverb
stockiness, noun
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  • Your observation of baldness and stocky muscular build may be connected, but likely not by psychological compensation.
  • He was a short, stocky sort of pitcher with a wicked curve.
  • All four suspects are stocky with short haircuts, and three wore checked shirts with collars and short sleeves in the courtroom.
  • Gila monsters are large stocky lizards, with short thick tails and large heads.
  • The muskrat has a stocky appearance due to the apparent lack of a neck, and the ears are short and concealed in the fur.
  • It is a stocky animal with a broad head and short legs weighing from one to four pounds.
  • They are large, stocky lizards with short arms and legs.
  • Plain, stocky sandpipers, they can fly a distance equivalent to a trip to the moon and back over the course of their lifetimes.
  • At the nursery, choose stocky plants with good leaf color.
  • He is stocky and thickly bearded, with a gentle demeanor and immense knowledge.
British Dictionary definitions for stocky

stocky

/ˈstɒkɪ/
adjective stockier, stockiest
1.
(usually of a person) thickset; sturdy
Derived Forms
stockily, adverb
stockiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stocky
adj.

c.1400, "made of wood," from stock (n.1). Of plants, "of stout and sturdy growth" (not weedy) it is recorded from 1620s. Of persons, "thick-set," 1670s, suggestive of tree trunks, but cf. also stock in sense of "trunk of the human body" (late 14c.).

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