One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of horses, dogs, and other animals) shortish and thickset; stocky.
heavily built, stocky, thickset, sturdy, sturdily built, well built, burly, strapping, brawny, muscular, solid, heavy, hefty, girthy, meatyView synonyms
- ‘Words such as broad, thick, powerful and cobby defined Persian cats, while Turkish Angoras answered to descriptors that included slim, graceful and lithe.’
- ‘The Aby is also a cat that strikes a medium between the cobby type and the svelte, elongated breeds.’
- ‘A graceful, medium-size cat - neither cobby nor svelte - the Egyptian mau has randomly distributed spots of varying sizes and shapes on its torso.’
- ‘The most popular herding dog at the time was the Smithfield, a big, black, cobby, bobtailed dog with a long, rough coat.’
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