- of solid and sturdy form or build; thick-set and, usually, short.
- having a strong, stout stem, as a plant.
Origin of stocky
Examples from the Web for stocky
Yousef, a stocky 35-year-old woman with long black hair, looks away from me most of the time when she is describing the beatings.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
Wearing a plaid shirt, the stocky singer looked like a bricklayer playing an open mic at a bar.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
Phyllis is a short, stocky, enraged-seeming woman with a high, strident voice and piercing stare.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
FIJI, a source who attended Lafayette with Stocky told The Daily Beast, is mostly made up of lacrosse and baseball players.From Frat Boys to Criminals: Two College Elites' Scarface Dreams
April 27, 2014
The stocky, intense son of immigrant parents, Chayefksy was born and raised in the Bronx.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News
February 16, 2014
He reached the thin edge of the grove, stood behind a stocky bush and waited.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
He was a stocky fellow, wearing blue overalls and a red sweater.The Forbidden Trail
"He's never tired," she thought, her eyes glancing at the stocky figure.Erik Dorn
The stranger was stocky and strong, his muscles toughened by a sailor's activities.Blow The Man Down
He could see him going down the street—short, stocky, slow, dumb.
- (usually of a person) thickset; sturdy
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.).