thick·​set | \ ˈthik-ˌset How to pronounce thickset (audio) \

Definition of thickset

1 : closely placed also : growing thickly a thickset wood
2 : having a thick body : burly

Examples of thickset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The thickset prison administrator, known as Bawar to his friends, had been keenly aware that the prison was vulnerable to assault. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 The hotel's two restaurants, an offshoot of the Beefbar, and Biancaneve, are awash with more banquettes upholstered in colorful cozy fabrics arranged around thickset wood tables, a nod to the hotel's Alpine location. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The lecturer, a short, thickset man with a ruddy face and a big voice, was coming to the end of his talk. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thickset

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thickset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of thickset

: stocky

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