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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.
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[ˈpɔːtlɪnɪs] Ngordura f, corpulencia f
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nBeleibtheit f, → Korpulenz f
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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?
Meanwhile Evo describes it as a genuine rival to the Porsche Macan Turbo and said: "The F-Pace SVR pulls off the merging of pace and portliness in some style.
Y-randomization is broadly used in QSAR studies to ensure the portliness of obtained models.
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. The rounded, organic line forfeits the suggestion of speed and crisis as well as the suggestion of remorseless mechanism.
Farewell to my portliness. For I, who weighed 10 stone 3 age of fifteen now weigh 8 stone 6.
The perils of portliness: causes and consequences of visceral adiposity.
Meanwhile her impossibly cute troupe of seven best friends defied their natural portliness in a very graceful routine which had everyone clap clap clapping.