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portly

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adjective port·ly \ˈpȯrt-lē\

Simple Definition of portly

  • : having a round and somewhat fat body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of portly

portlierportliest

  1. 1 :  dignified, stately

  2. 2 :  heavy or rotund of body :  stout

portliness noun

Examples of portly in a sentence

  1. <a portly gentleman who clearly didn't get enough exercise>

  2. <walked with the portly grace of the grande dame that she was>



Origin of portly

3port


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with portly


PORTLY Defined for Kids

portly

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adjective port·ly \ˈpȯrt-lē\

Definition of portly for Students

portlierportliest

  1. :  having a round and heavy body :  somewhat fat





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