\ 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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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 The leaves should be deep green, and the stem should be stocky and support the plant strongly. Dan Gill,, "Tomato-growing tips: what type to plant, when and how to plant them," 10 Mar. 2018 This stocky child-woman is neither wholly defined nor emotionally engaged. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018 Premier League pundit Gary Neville appears to have warned Liverpool and any other potential suitor off signing Stoke and Switzerland maestro Xherdan Shaqiri this summer after branding the stocky genius 'unprofessional' and 'lazy'., "Gary Neville Warns Liverpool Off 'Lazy' & 'Unprofessional' Summer Target Despite Bargain Price Tag," 18 June 2018 The suspect was described as a stocky man with a deep voice between 35 and 40 years old. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Cops: Man impersonating Clayton County deputy attacks, steals money from driver," 9 June 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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a strong desire or propensity

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