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burly

[ bur-lee ]
/ ˈbɜr li /
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Definition of burly

adjective, bur·li·er, bur·li·est.
large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
bluff; brusque.
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Origin of burly

1250–1300; Middle English borli, burli,Old English borlīce (adv.) excellently, equivalent to bor(a) ruler + -līce-ly

OTHER WORDS FROM burly

bur·li·ly, adverbbur·li·ness, nounun·bur·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for burly

burly
/ (ˈbɜːlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
large and thick of build; sturdy; stout

Derived forms of burly

burliness, noun

Word Origin for burly

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German burlīh lofty
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