[adjective thik-set; noun thik-set]


set thickly or in close arrangement; dense: a thickset hedge.
studded, or furnished thickly; closely packed: a sky thickset with stars.
heavily or solidly built; stocky: a thickset young man.


a thicket.

Origin of thickset

1325–75; Middle English thikke sette. See thick (adv.), set Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thickset

Historical Examples of thickset

  • He was considerably under the average height, but thickset and strong.

    The Kentucky Ranger

    Edward T. Curnick

  • By his side was a short, thickset man with dark, sallow features.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

  • Rao Khan was a short, thickset man, with a round, smooth face.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

  • But they did not see him just at first because of his short, thickset stature.

    The Gods are Athirst

    Anatole France

  • The thickset, young man remuttered the period that they were there for the stuff.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for thickset



stocky in build; sturdy
densely planted or placed


a rare word for thicket
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Word Origin and History for thickset

mid-14c., thikke sette "with parts or things set close together" (of grass on a sward, etc.), from thick + set (v.). Meaning "stocky, strong and square-built" is recorded from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper