portly


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port·ly

 (pôrt′lē)
adj. port·li·er, port·li·est
1. Having a round, stout body. See Synonyms at fat.
2. Archaic Stately or dignified.

[From port.]

port′li·ness n.

portly

(ˈpɔːtlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. stout or corpulent
2. archaic stately; impressive
[C16: from port5 (in the sense: deportment, bearing)]
ˈportliness n

port•ly

(ˈpɔrt li, ˈpoʊrt-)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
[1520–30; port5 + -ly]
port′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.portly - euphemisms for `fat'; "men are portly and women are stout"
fat - having an (over)abundance of flesh; "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"

portly

adjective stout, fat, overweight, plump, large, heavy, ample, bulky, burly, obese, fleshy, beefy (informal), tubby (informal), rotund, corpulent a portly middle-aged man

portly

adjective
Translations

portly

[ˈpɔːtlɪ] ADJgrueso, corpulento

portly

[ˈpɔːrtli] adjcorpulent(e)port of call n
[ship, passenger] → (port d')escale f
(= stopping place)
Your first port of call should be → Vous devriez passer en premier à ...

portly

adj (+er)beleibt, korpulent

portly

[ˈpɔːtlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → corpulento/a
References in classic literature ?
He was quite portly, with a profusion of gray hair, and small blue eyes which age had robbed of much of their brightness but none of their penetration.
TOWARDS noon, Hepzibah saw an elderly gentleman, large and portly, and of remarkably dignified demeanor, passing slowly along on the opposite side of the white and dusty street.
In the length he attains, and in his baleen, the Fin-back resembles the right whale, but is of a less portly girth, and a lighter color, approaching to olive.
Applied to any other creature than the Leviathan --to an ant or a flea --such portly terms might justly be deemed unwarrantably grandiloquent.
After two or three attempts he accomplished this, with the lackey's help, and meantime a second man had approached, a tall and portly personage, solemn as an executioner.
Of the chief feature of the feast -- the huge wild boar that lay stretched out so portly and imposing at the start -- nothing was left but the semblance of a hoop-skirt; and he was but the type and symbol of what had hap- pened to all the other dishes.
A good part of the whispering had been occasioned by an event which was more or less rare -- the entrance of visitors: lawyer Thatcher, accompanied by a very feeble and aged man; a fine, portly, middle-aged gentle- man with iron-gray hair; and a dignified lady who was doubtless the latter's wife.
said Stryver the portly, with his hands in his waistband, glancing round from the sofa where he lay on his back.
They were portly gentlemen, pleasant to behold, and now stood, with their hats off, in Scrooge's office.
Crupp, of late the bold, became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavour to hide her portly form behind doors - leaving visible, however, a wide margin of flannel petticoat - or would shrink into dark corners.
Almost as soon as he had spoken, a portly upright man (whom I can see now, as I write) in a well-worn olive-coloured frock-coat, with a peculiar pallor over-spreading the red in his complexion, and eyes that went wandering about when he tried to fix them, came up to a corner of the bars, and put his hand to his hat - which had a greasy and fatty surface like cold broth - with a half-serious and half-jocose military salute.
You see what he was--a portly, pushing, egotistical tradesman.