adjective, block·i·er, block·i·est.

heavily built; solid; stocky.
marked by blocks or patches of unequally distributed light and shade, as in a photograph.

Origin of blocky

First recorded in 1870–75; block + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of blocky

Historical Examples of blocky

  • And so you ran down to meet us—that was bully, said the blocky man.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • "Better take the alley there," I told the blocky one, on impulse.

    Fee of the Frontier

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • That blocky figure that was all the rest of the world was no more than a target.

  • He was so close they could see his blocky head, his square nose, and even his little piggish eyes.

  • He was a blocky, broad-faced veteran with iron-gray hair and hard, unsmiling eyes.

    The Dueling Machine

    Benjamin William Bova

British Dictionary definitions for blocky



like a block, esp in shape and solidity
Derived Formsblockiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blocky

1879, from block (n.) + -y (2). Related: Blockily; blockiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper