adjective Slang.

(of a woman) having a voluptuous figure.

Origin of stacked

1940–45; stack (v.) + -ed2
Related formsun·stacked, adjectivewell-stacked, adjective




a more or less orderly pile or heap: a precariously balanced stack of books; a neat stack of papers.
a large, usually conical, circular, or rectangular pile of hay, straw, or the like.
Often stacks. a set of shelves for books or other materials ranged compactly one above the other, as in a library.
stacks, the area or part of a library in which the books and other holdings are stored or kept.
a number of chimneys or flues grouped together.
a vertical duct for conveying warm air from a leader to a register on an upper story of a building.
a vertical waste pipe or vent pipe serving a number of floors.
Informal. a great quantity or number.
Radio. an antenna consisting of a number of components connected in a substantially vertical series.
Computers. a linear list arranged so that the last item stored is the first item retrieved.
Military. a conical, free-standing group of three rifles placed on their butts and hooked together with stacking swivels.
Also called air stack, stackup. Aviation. a group of airplanes circling over an airport awaiting their turns to land.
an English measure for coal and wood, equal to 108 cubic feet (3 cu. m).
Geology. a column of rock isolated from a shore by the action of waves.
  1. a given quantity of chips that can be bought at one time, as in poker or other gambling games.
  2. the quantity of chips held by a player at a given point in a gambling game.

verb (used with object)

to pile, arrange, or place in a stack: to stack hay; to stack rifles.
to cover or load with something in stacks or piles.
to arrange or select unfairly in order to force a desired result, especially to load (a jury, committee, etc.) with members having a biased viewpoint: The lawyer charged that the jury had been stacked against his client.
to keep (a number of incoming airplanes) flying nearly circular patterns at various altitudes over an airport where crowded runways, a low ceiling, or other temporary conditions prevent immediate landings.

verb (used without object)

to be arranged in or form a stack: These chairs stack easily.

Verb Phrases

stack up,
  1. control the flight patterns of airplanes waiting to land at an airport so that each circles at a designated altitude.
  2. compare; measure up (often followed by against): How does the movie stack up against the novel?
  3. appear plausible or in keeping with the known facts: Your story just doesn't stack up.

Origin of stack

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English stak < Old Norse stakkr haystack; (v.) Middle English stakken, derivative of the v.
Related formsstack·er, nounstack·less, adjectivere·stack, verb (used with object)un·stack, adjective, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stacked

Contemporary Examples of stacked

Historical Examples of stacked

  • Chairs were stacked along the walls and there was a low platform at one end.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • The night before you'd collected driftwood and stacked it by the fire.

    The Man the Martians Made

    Frank Belknap Long

  • He stepped to the mainmast, about which the powder kegs had been stacked.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • There were also many large packing-cases, stacked at the end of the row of cisterns.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • Later they were stacked on shelves in a large committee room.

British Dictionary definitions for stacked



slang a variant of well-stacked



an ordered pile or heap
a large orderly pile of hay, straw, etc, for storage in the open air
(often plural) library science compactly spaced bookshelves, used to house collections of books in an area usually prohibited to library users
a number of aircraft circling an airport at different altitudes, awaiting their signal to land
a large amounta stack of work
military a pile of rifles or muskets in the shape of a cone
British a measure of coal or wood equal to 108 cubic feet
a vertical pipe, such as the funnel of a ship or the soil pipe attached to the side of a building
a high column of rock, esp one isolated from the mainland by the erosive action of the sea
an area in a computer memory for temporary storage

verb (tr)

to place in a stack; pileto stack bricks on a lorry
to load or fill up with piles of somethingto stack a lorry with bricks
to control (a number of aircraft waiting to land at an airport) so that each flies at a different altitude
stack the cards to prearrange the order of a pack of cards secretly so that the deal will benefit someone
Derived Formsstackable, adjectivestacker, noun

Word Origin for stack

C13: from Old Norse stakkr haystack, of Germanic origin; related to Russian stog
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Word Origin and History for stacked

of women's bodies, "well-built in a sexual sense," 1942, past participle adjective from stack (v.).



c.1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from Old Norse stakkr "haystack" (cf. Danish stak, Swedish stack "heap, stack"), from Proto-Germanic *stakkoz, from PIE *stognos- (cf. Old Church Slavonic stogu "heap," Russian stog "haystack," Lithuanian stokas "pillar"), from root *steg- "pole, stick" (see stake (n.)). Meaning "set of shelves on which books are set out" is from 1879. Used of the chimneys of factories, locomotives, etc., since 1825.



early 14c., "to pile up grain," from stack (n.). Meaning "arrange unfairly" (in stack the deck) is first recorded 1825. Stack up "compare against" is 1903, from notion of piles of poker chips (1896). Related: Stacked; Stacking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stacked in Science



An isolated, columnar mass or island of rock along a coastal cliff. Stacks are formed by the erosion of cliffs through wave action and are larger than chimneys.
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Idioms and Phrases with stacked


In addition to the idioms beginning with stack

  • stack the cards
  • stack up

also see:

  • blow one's top (stack)
  • cards are stacked
  • needle in a haystack
  • swear on a stack of bibles


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