\ 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 stockily (audio) \ adverb
stockiness \ ˈstä-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce stockiness (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

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Dressed in tan jail scrubs with short black hair and a thin mustache, the stocky Mejia-Maya listened quietly through a Spanish interpreter. George Houde,, "After Schaumburg woman missed choir practice, she was found dead. Now trial’s underway for man accused of strangling, sexually assaulting her.," 25 June 2019 Tall and stocky, Ruben showed up on the track that afternoon and kept the brothers on the sidelines while Raul and his rival threw punches and then shook hands. San Diego Union-Tribune, "They vowed to be friends for life. When one died at war, the other fought years to bring him home," 3 May 2019 His time there would come to define Mr. Alvarez’s police career and transform him physically, likely causing the cancer that whittled his stocky frame to bone. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Luis Alvarez, a Hero to Fellow 9/11 Responders, Is Laid to Rest," 3 July 2019 To the right of the entryway, the living room is anchored by a stocky brick chimney and fireplace flanked by wood panels, while a ribbon of tall windows and glass doors opens to an enticing four-season sunroom. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Mid-century modern homes in Woburn and Acton," 14 June 2019 Rea's Didi is lean, tall, and disposed to optimism, Monaghan's Gogo, short, stocky, and grim. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 Baha, stocky with a quick smile, once dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Hanah Salah,, "Israel shoots to wound, not kill. That has led to a wave of amputations in Gaza," 8 June 2018 One way to help your seedlings grow stocky and strong is to either set up a fan to blow them around a little or brush them lightly with a windshield snow brush several times, at least once each day. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Don’t jump the gun on spring planting | Idaho Statesman," 17 Apr. 2018 How could Tan, who is stocky and often sports a rakish grin that belies the workaholic beneath, make such a blunder? Bloomberg,, "Mr. Tan goes to Washington: the undoing of Broadcom's $117-billion bid for Qualcomm," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stocky

1622, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stocky was in 1622

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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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