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[ stok-ee ]


, stock·i·er, stock·i·est.
  1. of solid and sturdy form or build; thick-set and, usually, short.
  2. having a strong, stout stem, as a plant.


/ ˈstɒkɪ /


  1. (usually of a person) thickset; sturdy
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Derived Forms

  • ˈstockiness, noun
  • ˈstockily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • stocki·ly adverb
  • stocki·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of stocky1

First recorded in 1350–1400, stocky is from the Middle English word stokky. See stock, -y 1
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Example Sentences

It had five-fingered hands, a bearlike face and the stocky build of a pig.

This sheep-sized mammal — which sported five-fingered hands, a bearlike face and the stocky build of a pig — gave birth to highly developed young.

The article described Sumner as a “fair-skinned, green-eyed beauty,” while Zayak was described as “terrier-like” in her determination and “stocky,” comparing her physique to that of baseball’s Pete Rose.

Roberto is stocky and heavy, so it’s hard to go up the hill.

When you first spy the pillow-y shape of a Myobatrachus gouldii or the stocky arms of a Hemisus perreti, you might not think of how much muscle is packed in there.

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.

Wearing a plaid shirt, the stocky singer looked like a bricklayer playing an open mic at a bar.

Phyllis is a short, stocky, enraged-seeming woman with a high, strident voice and piercing stare.

FIJI, a source who attended Lafayette with Stocky told The Daily Beast, is mostly made up of lacrosse and baseball players.

The stocky, intense son of immigrant parents, Chayefksy was born and raised in the Bronx.

Superphosphate makes dark-colored, thick-leaved, stocky (p. 419) plants.

An express rolled in and cutting over for it, the stocky man brushed Lamb.

A stocky man dodged around from behind the woman and came rapidly down the platform, neat, crisp, briefcase under his arm.

One of them was short and rather stocky, and his face had a sort of hard, hungry look; and the other was big and barrel-bodied.

At once I noticed that a new man had appeared among them—a red-faced, stocky man wearing a frock-coat and a shiny silk hat.


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