adjective, stock·i·er, stock·i·est.

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 formsstock·i·ly, adverbstock·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stockiest

chunky, corpulent, stout, sturdy, fat, plump, solid, squat, stubby, thick, heavyset, thickset

British Dictionary definitions for stockiest


adjective stockier or stockiest

(usually of a person) thickset; sturdy
Derived Formsstockily, adverbstockiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stockiest



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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