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thickset (adj.)

also thick-set, late 14c., thikke sette "with parts or things set close together" (of grass on a sward, etc.), from thick + set (v.). Meaning "stocky, strong and square-built" is recorded from 1724.

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Definitions of thickset

thickset (adj.)
having a short and solid form or stature;
a thickset young man
Synonyms: compact / heavyset / stocky / thick
thickset (adj.)
planted or growing close together;
thickset trees
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