[ stok-ee ]
/ ˈstɒk i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. stocktaking,
  2. stockton,
  3. stockton, francis richard,
  4. stockton-on-tees,
  5. stockwood,
  6. stockyard,
  7. stodge,
  8. stodgy,
  9. stoep,
  10. stogie

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

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British Dictionary definitions for stocky


/ (ˈstɒkɪ) /

adjective stockier or stockiest

(usually of a person) thickset; sturdy
Derived Formsstockily, adverbstockiness, 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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