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

Definition of burly

: strongly and heavily built : husky a burly man

Other Words from burly

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

Examples of burly in a Sentence

a burly delivery man brought the furniture
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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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