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 only person between Love, a burly 6-foot-2 off-guard, and the basket was Arenas. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Justin Love, whose talent shined on courts from SF to Ukraine, dies at 41," 27 June 2020 Soon there will be a burly Ram pickup with a whole lotta supercharger whine on the streets. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Hellcat-Powered 2021 Ram TRX Coming This Summer," 25 June 2020 The burly appendage is designed to detect and identify unexploded ordnance from a safe distance. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "This 1.9-ton steel arm can spot bombs and lift soldiers out of harm’s way," 17 June 2020 The truck is straining its burly shoulders against the wind. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 GMC Syclone vs. Ferrari 348ts," 29 May 2020 Traditionally, Ramadan imposes a gentler rhythm on the usual hurly-burly of Cairo, a loud and boisterous megalopolis. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "In Old Cairo, a Subdued Ramadan Looms as Virus Shutters the City," 20 Apr. 2020 Ari Rabin-Havt, a burly, bearded political operative, had been doing events with his boss for three years, since his boss was just 75 years old. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, "Maybe his demise was less about ideology or policy — and more about the candidate himself," 23 Mar. 2020 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

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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 10 Jul. 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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