bur·ly | \ˈbər-lē \
burlier; burliest

Definition of burly 

: strongly and heavily built : husky a burly man

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Other Words from burly

burlily \-lə-lē \ adverb
burliness \-lē-nəs \ noun

Examples of burly in a Sentence

a burly delivery man brought the furniture

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The steep prices, and the bags’ burly design, put them in the same league as Yeti’s Panga series. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Testing OtterBox’s New Yampa Drybag Duffel," 12 July 2018 And its coach, a burly, balding former goalkeeper named Stanislav Cherchesov who was tasked with getting the team to the semifinals when he was hired two years ago, is now a win away from that goal. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Russia provides another improbable World Cup surprise with elimination of Spain," 1 July 2018 Separated for a year, the burly, agitated Antoine and the thin, distraught Miriam have two children, one of whom, soon-to-be-18 Joséphine (Mathilde Auneveux), is too close to being an adult to be of judicial concern. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: Searing French drama 'Custody' is an unforgettable experience," 10 July 2018 His purpose is always to show an underlying economic reality that is too easily overlooked in the hurly-burly of daily debate. Matthew Rees, WSJ, "‘Advice and Dissent’ Review: What They Don’t Teach in Econ 101," 17 Apr. 2018 In America, meanwhile, the hurly-burly of its public discourse has been on display. The Economist, "As its trade tussle with America heats up, China is on the back foot," 5 July 2018 The team had gained little traction under Stanislav Cherchesov, a bald and burly former national team goalkeeper hired as coach in 2016 with the goal of getting Russia to the World Cup semifinals. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Winning changes everything for once-ridiculed Russian national team," 24 June 2018 The three-person, double-walled model was built to be burly yet easy to set up, with a small footprint, lots of head room, and the ability to withstand gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Look: Eddie Bauer's Katabatic 2 Tent," 12 June 2018 There is never, ever, a dull moment in the hurly-burly of Chicago classical music. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "A selective guide to U.S. summer classical music festivals," 1 May 2018

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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 \
burlier; burliest

Kids Definition of burly

: strongly and heavily built a burly truck driver

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