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
Recent Examples on the Web The hornet dwarfs other winged insects, making the yellow-head bumblebee, bald-faced hornet and western yellowjacket seem small in comparison, and even when compared to the burly bumblebee, according to the Herald. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Asia's 'murder hornet' lands in US for first time," 3 May 2020 The blueprints of the ship were in his office before they were taken by two burly men who shot at him. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "What’s Up With John B’s Mysterious Compass On Outer Banks?," 17 Apr. 2020 Pairing well with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the Hemi gets this burly Ram HD to 60 mph in about 8.4 seconds, which is painfully slow compared to the genuinely quick 450-hp Raptor. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Remains a Hulking Heavy-Duty Off-Roader," 30 Apr. 2020 In 2016, Daniel lined up for the finals next to Andre van Rüshen, a burly middle-aged German wearing a suit from ReWalk, a manufacturer of commercially available exoskeletons. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, has died. CBS News, "Brian Dennehy, prolific stage and screen actor, dies at 81," 16 Apr. 2020 Anonymous, burly construction workers are brought in to build frames and paint things. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Murder House Flip is the true crime renovation show America deserves," 7 Apr. 2020 While trail shoes certainly need to be burlier than their road-specific counterparts, race models still need to be as light as possible while providing adequate cushioning. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "I Tested the TenNine, Hoka's Craziest Shoe Yet," 12 Mar. 2020 Thursday’s endgame was particularly head-spinning, even for the hurly-burly of Israeli politics. Isabel Kershner, BostonGlobe.com, "Gantz, Breaking Vows, Says He Would Serve Under Netanyahu," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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“Burly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burly. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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