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portly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of portly

  1. 1 having an excess of body fat <a portly gentleman who clearly didn't get enough exercise> Synonyms blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], fat, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubbyRelated Words beefy, bulky, chunky, heavy, heavyset, plumpish, stocky, stout, thick, thickset, weighty; brawny, burly, hefty, husky; dumpy, squat, stubby; hippy, paunchy, potbellied; flabby, soft; ample, buxom, corn-fed, ripe, zaftig (also zoftig); endomorphicNear Antonyms angular, bony (also boney), gaunt, lank, lanky, rawboned, sinewy; cadaverous, emaciated, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted; puny, scraggy, scrawny, slight; rangy, reedy, spindling, spindly, stringy, svelte, sylphlike, twiggy, waspish, weedy, willowy; ectomorphic; anorexicAntonyms lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

  2. 2 having or showing a formal and serious or reserved manner <walked with the portly grace of the grande dame that she was> Synonyms august, distingué, distinguished, imposing, dignified, solemn, staid, statelyRelated Words decorous, proper, seemly; grave, grim, po-faced [British], sober, somber (or sombre); aristocratic, elegant, elevated, handsome, lordly, magisterial, majestic, nobleNear Antonyms coarse, crass, crude, improper, indecent, uncouth, unseemly, vulgarAntonyms flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified




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