of a person: stocky, thickset, stout, sturdy, strong; short and fat ...1847 Eng. dial.
possibly related to stug (stuck (adj. † short))
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1847 - Stuggy, thick and stout. Devon.
From: A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words
- James Orchard Halliwell
"...Local tradition avers that William was carried on shore through the rolling tide in the arms of a "stuggy little man" (stuggy is good Devonian for "thick set"), and there is still current this model address of the inhabitants to their future king in response to the inquiry whether he was welcome..."
From: Tourist's Guide to Devonshire
- Richard Nicholls Worth, 1880