stockier; stockiest
: compact, sturdy, and relatively thick in build
stockily adverb
stockiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stocky was in 1622

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“Stocky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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stockier; stockiest
: compact, sturdy, and quite thick in build : thickset
stockily adverb
stockiness noun

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