Definition of portly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtli

adjective (portlier, portliest)

  • 2 archaic Of a stately or dignified appearance and manner: he was a man of portly presence



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  • 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.


late 15th century: from port5 in the sense 'bearing' + -ly1.

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