portliness


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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.
Translations

portliness

[ˈpɔːtlɪnɪs] Ngordura f, corpulencia f

portliness

nBeleibtheit f, → Korpulenz f
References in classic literature ?
And then the figure he made, with his decent portliness, his whiskers, the money in his purse, the excellent cigar that he now lighted, recurred to his mind in consolatory comparison with that of a certain maddened lad who, on a certain spring Sunday ten years before, and in the hour of church-time silence, had stolen from that city by the Glasgow road.
or was the buckle of his old belt of Montlhéry badly fastened, so that it confined his provostal portliness too closely?
The portliness comes from the big 22 litre fuel tank, protruding east and west and the meaty 200 rear tyre, accentuated to look even wider by the sleek fender sitting over it.
There is a similar, though subtler, loss of drama in certain paintings that deemphasize the birds' aerodynamic contours by giving them a slight portliness.
Meanwhile her impossibly cute troupe of seven best friends defied their natural portliness in a very graceful routine which had everyone clap clap clapping.
Note its pregnant portliness, as if beneath the skin a blinded bee
Since Potok never explains to us the reason for Ilana's sudden portliness, and no other piece of information in the text points to any logical explanation for her frequent corporeal transformations, I propose that the rationale behind this thematic vignette in "The Trope Teacher" is rooted in Ilana's symbolic function as the link between memory and the unconscious, specifically in her role as a vessel "overflowing" with historical memory.
His girth is played down, apart from a wonderful coup de theatre when a huge tablecloth-cum-napkin is rolled up and stuffs his shirt to the enhancement of his portliness.