bur·​ly | \ ˈbər-lē How to pronounce burly (audio) \
burlier; burliest

Definition of burly

: strongly and heavily built : husky a burly man

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Other Words from burly

burlily \ ˈbər-​lə-​lē How to pronounce burlily (audio) \ adverb
burliness \ ˈbər-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce burliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of burly in a Sentence

a burly delivery man brought the furniture

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Meanwhile, Ingles and Bogdanovic are switchable forwards with burly bodies who can shoot in their own right. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Five Lineups to Look Forward to After NBA Free Agency," 3 July 2019 The burly first baseman is having the kind of season the Mets haven’t seen from a rookie since Darryl Strawberry in 1983. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Baseball’s award winners at midway point of season," 29 June 2019 Unlike what Cousins experienced last season with the Warriors, Durant will not have to feel as much physical pounding with defending a burly big man inside while also adapting to a quick pace that often burdens centers. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Dominique Wilkins: ‘Kevin Durant is going to be fine’ post injury," 25 June 2019 Their bodies and games are similarly built—both are identifiable by their burly physiques and booming drives. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Gary Woodland Wins U.S. Open," 16 June 2019 This is stiff-jawed and burly rock music, with plenty of darkness and suffering underneath. John Adamian, courant.com, "Drive-by Truckers report on the state of America at Infinity Hall," 14 June 2019 This stretch travels through black oak savanna, with lupine and burly oaks. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trails, beaches and more things to do in Indiana Dunes National Park," 20 Feb. 2019 From burly, off-grid vans to cozy, homes-on-wheels, camper vans are on the road and in your Instagram feeds. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Buying a camper van just got easier with new website," 5 June 2019 And then later, near the park headquarters, a burly forest ranger. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of burly

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burly

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of burly

of a man : strong and heavy


bur·​ly | \ ˈbər-lē How to pronounce burly (audio) \
burlier; burliest

Kids Definition of burly

: strongly and heavily built a burly truck driver

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