The definition of portly is someone who is stout or has a large, heavy body.
A man who is about 20 pounds overweight is an example of someone who would be described as portly.
- large and heavy in a dignified and stately way
- stout; corpulent
Origin of portlyport + -ly
- Having a round, stout body. See Synonyms at fat.
- Archaic Stately or dignified.
Origin of portlyFrom port 5
(comparative portlier, superlative portliest)
From port +"Ž -ly.