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.
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.).