One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A simple figure representing a person or animal, drawn chiefly with straight lines.
2A human figure characterized by thinness or angularity; a person with such a figure.
3A person lacking in personality or individuality.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of Education. From stick + figure.
stick figure/ˈstɪk ˌfɪɡə/
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