Definition of portly in English:
adjective (portlier, portliest)
1(Especially of a man) having a stout body; somewhat fat.
- Her portly body was perched on a small stool precariously, looking like she would fall off if she shifted even slightly.
- Jack has the body of a portly, suited figure much given to lunching.
- ‘It used to be a story that made us weep only,’ said Nabih al-Ibrahim, 42, a portly civil engineer running for a city council seat.
- Example sentences
- In June a House subcommittee held hearings on the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, which would prevent fat people from winning damages by blaming restaurants, food manufacturers, or retailers for their portliness.
- The gentleman had had a propensity to a degree of portliness of late, but his tummy visibly trimmed as the canvass progressed, and he admitted to be wearing slacks into which he hadn't fitted for years.
- Gone are the days when only the super-rich could afford to eat plenty, making portliness a sign of high social standing.