stockish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

stock +‎ -ish

Adjective[edit]

stockish ‎(comparative more stockish, superlative most stockish)

  1. (obsolete) Like a stock; stupid; blockish.
    • Shakespeare
      Since naught so stockish, hard, and full of rage, / But music for the time doth change his nature.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      Many who have "plied their book diligently," and know all about some one branch or another of accepted lore, come out of the study with an ancient and owl-like demeanour, and prove dry, stockish, and dyspeptic in all the better and brighter parts of life.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.