\ ˈstä-kē How to pronounce stocky (audio) \
stockier; stockiest

Definition of stocky

: compact, sturdy, and relatively thick in build

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Other Words from stocky

stockily \ ˈstä-​kə-​lē How to pronounce stocky (audio) \ adverb
stockiness \ ˈstä-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce stocky (audio) \ noun

Examples of stocky in a Sentence

That outfit makes you look stocky. the stocky boxer's strength and speed more than make up for his opponent's longer reach
Recent Examples on the Web Collins, stocky at 5-11 and about 240 pounds, was relatively small as a heavyweight wrestler, given that the weight limit for that division is 285 pounds. J.c. Carnahan,, 14 July 2021 Police described the suspect as a white male, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a stocky build and wearing black pants, black hoodie, black gloves and a bandana. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2021 Turner was a stocky veteran with red hair down to his shoulders and a lumberjack beard. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 The stocky 36-year-old sized up the slim pickings and zeroed in on a pale European couple. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Kimball was 36 at the time, a weathered, stocky man who wore a goatee and had a long scar in the center of his forehead. Longreads, 8 June 2021 The lead guide, a stocky man in Chacos named Dale Henderson, glanced down at Dacus’s footwear and frowned. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 The other was described as Black, about 5-6 with a stocky build and wearing a black shirt and white pants. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Looking similar to a large, stocky goldfinch with formidable bill, the showy evening grosbeak is a special-concern species in Wisconsin. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stocky

1622, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2021

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“Stocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stocky

: short and heavy or broad


\ ˈstä-kē How to pronounce stocky (audio) \
stockier; stockiest

Kids Definition of stocky

: short, broad, and sturdy in build a stocky man

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