portliness
noun see portly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Portliness — Port li*ness, n. 1. The quality or state of being portly; dignity of mien or of personal appearance; stateliness. [1913 Webster] Such pride is praise; such portliness is honor. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Bulkiness; corpulence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portliness — portly ► ADJECTIVE (portlier, portliest) ▪ (especially of a man) rather fat. DERIVATIVES portliness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «stately or dignified»: from PORT(Cf. ↑port) in the archaic sense bearing …   English terms dictionary

  • portliness — See portly. * * * …   Universalium

  • portliness — noun The quality of being portly …   Wiktionary

  • portliness — port·li·ness || pÉ”rtlɪnɪs / pɔːt n. fatness, obesity; stateliness, state of having a pleasant appearance; stoutness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • portliness — port·li·ness …   English syllables

  • portliness — n ampleness, stoutness, roundness, plumpness, fatness, paunchiness, obesity, heaviness, fullness, dumpiness, tubbiness, chubbiness, fleshiness FORMAL corpulence, rotundity COLLOQ. beefiness …   Useful english dictionary

  • portly — portliness, n. /pawrt lee, pohrt /, adj., portlier, portliest. 1. rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent. 2. Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing. [1520 30; PORT5 (n.) + LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • portly — adjective (portlier; est) Etymology: 3port Date: 15th century 1. dignified, stately 2. heavy or rotund of body ; stout • portliness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pope John Paul II — John Paul II John Paul II in 1993 Papacy began 16 October 1978 Papacy ended 2 April 2005 ( 1000000000000002600000026 years, 1000000 …   Wikipedia

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