portly

  • 1Portly — Port ly, a. [From {Port} demeanor.] 1. Having a dignified port or mien; of a noble appearance; imposing. [1913 Webster] 2. Bulky; corpulent. A portly personage. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2portly — 1520s, stately, dignified, from PORT (Cf. port) (3) bearing, carriage + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Meaning stout is first recorded 1590s …

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  • 3portly — *fleshy, stout, plump, rotund, chubby, fat, corpulent, obese Analogous words: burly, husky, brawny, *muscular …

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  • 4portly — [adj] bulky, fat ample, avoirdupois, beefy*, broad, burly, corpulent, fleshy, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, overweight, plump, rotund, stout; concept 491 Ant. skinny, slender, thin …

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  • 5portly — ► 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 …

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  • 6portly — [pôrt′lē] adj. portlier, portliest [ PORT3 + LY1] 1. large and heavy in a dignified and stately way 2. stout; corpulent portliness n …

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  • 7portly — UK [ˈpɔː(r)tlɪ] / US [ˈpɔrtlɪ] adjective Word forms portly : adjective portly comparative portlier superlative portliest a portly person is fairly fat …

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  • 8portly — port|ly [ˈpo:tli US ˈpo:r ] adj written [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: port behavior, deportment (14 19 centuries), from French, from porter; PORTAGE] someone who is portly, especially an old man, is fat and round ▪ a portly old gentleman …

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  • 9portly — [[t]pɔ͟ː(r)tli[/t]] portlier, portliest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A portly person, especially a man, is rather fat. [FORMAL] ...a portly middle aged man. Syn: stout …

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  • 10portly — adjective someone who is portly, especially a rather old man, is fat and round: a portly old gentleman portliness noun (U) …

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  • 11portly — adj. Portly is used with these nouns: ↑man …

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  • 12portly — port|ly [ pɔrtli ] adjective a portly person is fairly fat …

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  • 13portly — adjective a portly gentleman showed us the way to the dining room Syn: stout, plump, fat, overweight, heavy, corpulent, fleshy, paunchy, potbellied, well padded, rotund, stocky, heavyset, bulky; informal tubby, roly poly, beefy, porky, pudgy …

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  • 14portly — [ˈpɔːtli] adj a portly person is fairly fat Syn: stout …

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

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  • 16portly — 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] * * * …

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  • 17portly — adjective euphemism for fat …

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  • 18portly — Synonyms and related words: adipose, beefy, big bellied, bloated, blowzy, bosomy, brawny, burly, buxom, chubby, chunky, corpulent, distended, dumpy, fat, fattish, fleshy, full, gross, heavy, heavyset, hefty, hippy, imposing, lusty, meaty, obese,… …

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  • 19portly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. dignified, imposing, stately; fat, fleshy, stout, corpulent; bulky. See size. Ant., skinny, gaunt. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Fat] Syn. corpulent, heavy, stout; see fat 1 . 2. [Dignified] Syn.… …

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  • 20portly — see PORT …

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