Portly meaning

pôrtlē
Large and heavy in a dignified and stately way.
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Stately or dignified.
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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.

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Having a round, stout body.
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Stout; corpulent.
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(now rare) Having a dignified bearing; handsome, imposing. [from 15th c.]
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Fat; overweight. [from 15th c.]
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Origin of portly

  • From port

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From port +"Ž -ly.

    From Wiktionary