Definition of portly in English:

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portly

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtli/

adjective (portlier, portliest)

1(Especially of a man) rather fat: a portly little man with a bowler hat
More example sentences
  • In the back of the restaurant, a rather portly man with graying hair sat down before a piano and placed his stubby fingers upon its glossy white keys.
  • He is a rather portly man with wavy, sand coloured hair and a farmer's style shirt.
  • A portly man was already in there, looking rather casual and unshaven.
Synonyms
British informal podgy, fubsy
North American informal lard-assed, corn-fed
archaic pursy
rare abdominous
2 archaic Of a stately or dignified appearance and manner: he was a man of portly presence

Derivatives

portliness

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːtlɪnəs/
noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with portly

courtly

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