I confess that I first opened this stocky book with a skeptical mind.
When one looks at a still of Hembling, he appears somewhat common, with his short, stocky frame and calm, bespectacled expression.
Abu Hamid, a stocky 42-year-old with a salt-and-pepper beard, should know.
Phyllis is a short, stocky, enraged-seeming woman with a high, strident voice and piercing stare.
He was stocky and looked a little like Alan Sherman on the cover of “My Son, the Folk Singer.”
On the very threshold, a stocky store employee interposed a hand in front of John.
He was a stocky fellow, wearing blue overalls and a red sweater.
"No dreamer, this man," thought McGuire as he looked at the short, stocky figure of the scientist.
The stranger was stocky and strong, his muscles toughened by a sailor's activities.
He was a stocky little man, dressed in a gray linen blouse, with a cap on his head, and was seated in an armchair.
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.).