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[stok-ee] /ˈstɒk i/
adjective, stockier, stockiest.
of solid and sturdy form or build; thick-set and, usually, short.
having a strong, stout stem, as a plant.
Origin of stocky
1350-1400; Middle English stokky. See stock, -y1
Related forms
stockily, adverb
stockiness, noun Unabridged
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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


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

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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