[ pawrt-lee, pohrt- ]
/ ˈpɔrt li, ˈpoʊrt- /

adjective, port·li·er, port·li·est.

rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing.


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Origin of portly

1520–30; port5 (noun) + -ly


port·li·ness, nounun·port·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for portliness

/ (ˈpɔːtlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

stout or corpulent
archaic stately; impressive

Derived forms of portly

portliness, noun

Word Origin for portly

C16: from port 5 (in the sense: deportment, bearing)
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