burly


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bur·ly

 (bûr′lē)
adj. bur·li·er, bur·li·est
Heavy, strong, and muscular; husky. See Synonyms at muscular.

[Middle English burlich, from Old English *borlic, excellent; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′li·ly adv.
bur′li·ness n.

burly

(ˈbɜːlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
large and thick of build; sturdy; stout
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German burlīh lofty]
ˈburlily adv
ˈburliness n

bur•ly

(ˈbɜr li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
2. bluff; brusque.
[1250–1300; Middle English borli, burli, Old English borlīce (adv.) excellently =bor(a) ruler + -līce -ly]
bur′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.burly - muscular and heavily builtburly - muscular and heavily built; "a beefy wrestler"; "had a tall burly frame"; "clothing sizes for husky boys"; "a strapping boy of eighteen"; "`buirdly' is a Scottish term"
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts
robust - sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction; "a robust body"; "a robust perennial"

burly

adjective brawny, strong, powerful, big, strapping, hefty, muscular, sturdy, stout, bulky, stocky, hulking, beefy (informal), well-built, thickset He was a big, burly man.
thin, weak, spare, lean, slight, puny, weedy (informal), scrawny, scraggy, wussy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal)

burly

adjective
Characterized by marked muscular development; powerfully built:
Translations
قَويُّ البُنْيَه، مَفْتولُ العَضَلات
statný
kraftigmuskelstærk
òrekvaxinn
druknsdūšīgs
güçlü kuvvetliiri yarı

burly

[ˈbɜːlɪ] ADJ (burlier (compar) (burliest (superl))) → fornido, fuerte

burly

[ˈbɜːrli] adjde forte carrure, costaud(e)

burly

adj (+er)kräftig, stramm

burly

[ˈbɜːlɪ] adjben piantato/a, robusto/a

burly

(ˈbəːli) adjective
(of a person) big, strong and heavy. a big burly farmer.
References in classic literature ?
Just then some masks from outside invaded the cafe, dancing hand in hand in a single file led by a burly man with a cardboard nose.
On the rail his burly form would stop and stand swaying.
The faces of these false heads were painted in many ridiculous ways, according to the whims of the owners, and these big, burly creatures looked so whimsical and absurd in their queer masks that they were called "Whimsies.
A burly brute with all the refined intelligence of a gorilla stamped upon his bestial face was attempting to push a smaller man to second place, but the smaller one appealed to the high priestess, who in a cold peremptory voice sent the larger to the extreme end of the line.
When the clock began to strike, a burly professor entered, was received with a round of applause, moved swiftly down the center aisle, said "Gentlemen," and began to talk as he climbed his pulpit steps; and by the time he had arrived in his box and faced his audience, his lecture was well under way and all the pens were going.
His long waterproof coat and the waterproof covering of his hat were shining and dripping with rain as everything was, the burly station-master included.
I had been too much occupied with the dangers of the descent to glance down toward the valley; but that cry which told me that it was indeed Lys, and that she was again in danger, brought my eyes quickly upon her in time to see a hairy, burly brute seize her and start off at a run toward the near-by wood.
But when he attempted to act upon that very sensible decision a burly dog came bowsing out and disputed his right.
For blustering, burly, selfish King Henry loved the gentle witty lawyer, and again and again made use of his wits.
he said, speaking approvingly to a burly negro who was performing tricks of low buffoonery, which occasioned the shouts which Tom had heard.
While they thus spoke, a loud shout among the yeomen announced the arrival of him for whom they feared, as they learned from the stentorian voice of the Friar himself, long before they saw his burly person.
The tall and burly man is the Captal de Buch, whom I doubt not that you know, for a braver knight never laid lance in rest.

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