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stocky (adj.)

c. 1400, "made of wood," from stock (n.1). Of plants, "of stout and sturdy growth" (not weedy) it is recorded from 1620s. Of persons, "thick-set," 1670s, suggestive of tree trunks, but compare also stock in sense of "trunk of the human body" (late 14c.).

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Definitions of stocky

stocky (adj.)
having a short and solid form or stature;
stocky legs
Synonyms: compact / heavyset / thick / thickset
From wordnet.princeton.edu