Part of speech: adjective

Having a short, thick body; stout.

Part of speech:

Closely planted.

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Usage examples "thickset":

  1. Often, in after years, and in far different circumstances, the thoughts of Hugh reverted, with a painful yearning, to the dim- lighted cottage, with its clay floor and its deal table; to the earnest pair seated with him at the labours that unfold the motions of the stars; and even to the homely, thickset, but active form of Janet, and that peculiar smile of hers with which, after an apparently snappish speech, spoken with her back to the person addressed, she would turn round her honest face half- apologetically, and shine full upon some one or other of the three, whom she honoured with her whole heart and soul, and who, she feared, might be offended at what she called her " hame- ower fashion of speaking." - "David Elginbrod", George MacDonald.
  2. The policeman who appeared in answer to this summons was a thickset sturdy Norfolk man, with an intelligent face and shrewd dark eyes. - "The Shrieking Pit", Arthur J. Rees.
  3. At that moment there came a great clanking from inside the door, as if heavy bolts and chains were being removed, and the next instant the portal swung open and Ben found himself face to face with a thickset man, who seemed, by his complexion and general appearance, to be of Spanish origin. - "The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest", Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap).