- rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
- Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing.
Origin of portly
Related Words for portlinessoverweight, fatness, bulk, plumpness, chubbiness, breadth, weight, flesh, largeness, size, grossness, protuberance, inflation, corpulence, heaviness, obesity, girth, distension, bulkiness, adiposity
Examples from the Web for portliness
Historical Examples of portliness
Considering their enormous appetites, their portliness seems only natural.Birds in London
W. H. Hudson
And Tommy Chadwick stood in all his portliness on the platform.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories
The personage was also of a portliness, and the collision had knocked the wind out of him.Helmet of Navarre
Mr. Newsome was tall and broad and well on the way to portliness.Rose of Old Harpeth
Maria Thompson Daviess
Suddenly he laid his hat back, and drew up his form into as near a semblance of dignity as its portliness would allow.A Strange Disappearance
Anna Katharine Green
- stout or corpulent
- archaic stately; impressive