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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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  • On the very threshold, a stocky store employee interposed a hand in front of John.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • He was a stocky fellow, wearing blue overalls and a red sweater.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • "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.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He was a stocky little man, dressed in a gray linen blouse, with a cap on his head, and was seated in an armchair.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
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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