burly

  • 1 Burly — Bur ly (b[^u]r l[y^]), a. [OE. burlich strong, excellent; perh. orig. fit for a lady s bower, hence handsome, manly, stout. Cf. {Bower}.] 1. Having a large, strong, or gross body; stout; lusty; now used chiefly of human beings, but formerly of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 burly — index strong Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 burly — c.1300, perhaps from O.E. burlic noble, stately, lit. bowerly, fit to frequent a lady s apartment (see BOWER (Cf. bower)). Sense descended through stout, and sturdy by 15c. to heavily built. Another theory connects the original word to O.H.G.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 burly — husky, *muscular, brawny, athletic, sinewy Analogous words: corpulent, *fleshy, portly: bulky, substantial, *massive: *vigorous, lusty: *powerful, forceful, potent Antonyms: lanky, lank Contrasted words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 burly — [adj] husky able bodied, athletic, beefcake*, beefy*, big, brawny, bruising, bulky, gorillalike, hefty, hulking, hulky, hunk, muscular, portly, powerful, stocky, stout, strapping, strong, sturdy, thickset, well built; concept 773 Ant. light, slim …

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  • 6 burly — ► ADJECTIVE (burlier, burliest) ▪ (of a person) large and strong. DERIVATIVES burliness noun. ORIGIN probably from an Old English word meaning stately, fit for the bower …

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  • 7 burly — [bʉr′lē] adj. burlier, burliest [ME borlich, excellent, noble, handsome, altered (? by assoc. with bour,BOWER1) < OE borlice, very, excellently] 1. big and strong; heavy and muscular 2. rough and hearty in manner; bluff burliness n …

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  • 8 burly — adjective a) Large, well built, and muscular. Hes a big, burly rugby player who works as a landscape gardener. b) Originating from the east end of London, England. An expressive term to mean something is good, awesome, amazing, unbelievable. e.g… …

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  • 9 burly — bur|ly [ˈbə:li US ˈbə:rli] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: burly noble, impressive (13 17 centuries), perhaps from an unrecorded Old English borlic excellent ] a burly man is big and strong ▪ a burly policeman …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 burly — UK [ˈbɜː(r)lɪ] / US [ˈbɜrlɪ] adjective Word forms burly : adjective burly comparative burlier superlative burliest a burly man is fat and strong Derived word: burliness noun uncountable …

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  • 11 burly — [[t]bɜ͟ː(r)li[/t]] burlier, burliest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A burly man has a broad body and strong muscles. He was a big, burly man …

    English dictionary

  • 12 burly — adjective a burly man is big and strong: burly rugby players burliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 burly — adjective (burlier; est) Etymology: Middle English Date: 13th century strongly and heavily built ; husky < a burly man > • burlily adverb • burliness noun …

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  • 14 burly — adj. Burly is used with these nouns: ↑man …

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  • 15 burly — bur|ly [ bɜrli ] adjective a burly man is fat and strong ╾ bur|li|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 burly — [13] Burly has come down in the world over the centuries. Originally it meant ‘excellent, noble, stately’, and it appears to come from an unrecorded Old English adjective *būrlic, literally ‘bowerly’ – that is, ‘fit to frequent a lady’s… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 burly — adjective his burly bodyguards Syn: strapping, well built, sturdy, brawny, strong, muscular, muscly, thickset, blocky, big, hefty, bulky, stocky, stout, Herculean; informal hunky, beefy, husky, hulking; literary stalwart …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 burly — [ˈbɜːli] adj a burly man is fat and strong …

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  • 19 burly — [13] Burly has come down in the world over the centuries. Originally it meant ‘excellent, noble, stately’, and it appears to come from an unrecorded Old English adjective *būrlic, literally ‘bowerly’ – that is, ‘fit to frequent a lady’s… …

    Word origins

  • 20 burly — burlily, adv. burliness, n. /berr lee/, adj., burlier, burliest. 1. large in bodily size; stout; sturdy. 2. bluff; brusque. [1250 1300; ME borli, burli, OE borlice (adv.) excellently, equiv. to bor(a) ruler + lice LY] …

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