Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

burly

[bur-lee]
See more synonyms for burly on Thesaurus.com
adjective, bur·li·er, bur·li·est.
  1. large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
  2. bluff; brusque.
Show More

Origin of burly

1250–1300; Middle English borli, burli, Old English borlīce (adv.) excellently, equivalent to bor(a) ruler + -līce -ly
Related formsbur·li·ly, adverbbur·li·ness, nounun·bur·ly, adjective

Synonyms for burly

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com

Antonyms for burly

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for burly

bulky, hulking, sturdy, athletic, able-bodied, portly, muscular, stocky, brawny, stout, beefy, strapping, big, hefty, hunk, powerful, strong, hulky, thickset, beefcake

Examples from the Web for burly

Contemporary Examples of burly

Historical Examples of burly


British Dictionary definitions for burly

burly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. large and thick of build; sturdy; stout
Show More
Derived Formsburliness, noun

Word Origin for burly

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German burlīh lofty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for burly

adj.

c.1300, perhaps from Old English burlic "noble, stately," literally "bowerly," fit to frequent a lady's apartment (see bower). Sense descended through "stout," and "sturdy" by 15c. to "heavily built." Another theory connects the Old English word to Old High German burlih "lofty, exalted," related to burjan "to raise, lift."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper