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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
First recorded in 1350-1400, stocky is from the Middle English word stokky. See stock, -y1
Related forms
stockily, adverb
stockiness, noun Unabridged
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  • He reached the thin edge of the grove, stood behind a stocky bush and waited.

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  • He was a stocky fellow, wearing blue overalls and a red sweater.

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  • "He's never tired," she thought, her eyes glancing at the stocky figure.

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  • The stranger was stocky and strong, his muscles toughened by a sailor's activities.

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  • He could see him going down the street—short, stocky, slow, dumb.

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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