\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Haase looks like a catcher, short and stocky with a big beard and power. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers summer camp observations: What Casey Mize showed vs. live hitters," 6 July 2020 The driver was a Black man who is about 25 to 30 years old, bald with no facial hair and has a stocky build. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "2 wounded in road-rage shooting on Arlington highway, police say.," 29 June 2020 The stocky Manual High School graduate quickly became the public face of what some in the Mile High City term a second civil rights movement. Jennifer Oldham, Washington Post, "Tay Anderson becomes the face of Denver protests," 4 June 2020 The fair-haired and handsome Van Doren, and the relatively plain Stempel, a stocky, dark-haired man with glasses and a flat, nasally accent. Time, "Herbert Stempel, Who Blew the Whistle on Rigged 1950s Quiz Show, Dies at 93," 1 June 2020 The overall shape of the largemouth is short, stocky, and broad. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 The first suspect is described as a black male in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a stocky build. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Crew wanted for robbery inside east Houston brewery," 19 May 2020 Tarkhil was 60 years old, with a stocky build and short grey hair. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 In a North Miami Beach bar on New Year’s Eve in 1970, Little, a charming man with crystal blue eyes and a stocky, former boxer’s frame, struck up a fatal conversation with Mary Brosley. Andrew Boryga,, "He started murdering women in South Florida — then became the worst serial killer in U.S. history," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jul 2020

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“Stocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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