Examples of portly in a Sentence
a portly gentleman who clearly didn't get enough exercise
walked with the portly grace of the grande dame that she was
Recent Examples of portly from the Web
Photos taken by NJ Advance Media show the portly politician lounging on a chair at Island Beach State Park Sunday while his family catches some sun and plays paddle ball in the sand.
Frank Layden, the portly Utah Jazz general manager who watched Bradley closely at Brigham Young, liked to point out that Bradley wasn’t just an erector set.
Gone are the days when the portly guy who can fix a carburetor is quick or fit enough to carry a tire or operate a jack.
For Thompson, a portly silver-haired Vietnam vet with eyebrows like bits of black felt, this polar bear encounter is routine business; the only thing ruffled is the wolf trim of his drab army parka.
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Origin and Etymology of portly
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PORTLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of portly for English Language Learners
: having a round and somewhat fat body
PORTLY Defined for Kids
Definition of portly for Students
: having a round and heavy body : somewhat fat
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