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portly (adj.)

late 15c., portli, "stately, dignified, of noble appearance and carriage," from port (n.3) "bearing, carriage" + -ly (1). Meaning "stout, somewhat large and unwieldy in person" is attested by 1590s.

updated on September 10, 2020

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Definitions of portly from WordNet

portly (adj.)
euphemisms for `fat';
men are portly and women are stout
Synonyms: stout
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