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[adjective thik-set; noun thik-set] /adjective ˈθɪkˈsɛt; noun ˈθɪkˌsɛt/
set thickly or in close arrangement; dense:
a thickset hedge.
studded, or furnished thickly; closely packed:
a sky thickset with stars.
heavily or solidly built; stocky:
a thickset young man.
a thicket.
Origin of thickset
1325-75; Middle English thikke sette. See thick (adv.), set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was considerably under the average height, but thickset and strong.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • By his side was a short, thickset man with dark, sallow features.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • Rao Khan was a short, thickset man, with a round, smooth face.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • But they did not see him just at first because of his short, thickset stature.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • The thickset, young man remuttered the period that they were there for the stuff.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He was a man of middle age or upwards, of middle height, and thickset.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • The lieutenant was very short, thickset, deep-chested, and powerful.

    Hunting the Lions R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was a short, thickset man with a German cast of countenance.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • Men who were tall and slender, and men who were short and thickset.

  • She was short for her age—fourteen years—but thickset, with powerful limbs.

British Dictionary definitions for thickset


stocky in build; sturdy
densely planted or placed
a rare word for thicket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thickset

mid-14c., thikke sette "with parts or things set close together" (of grass on a sward, etc.), from thick + set (v.). Meaning "stocky, strong and square-built" is recorded from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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