portly

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

adjective, port·li·er, port·li·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. portioner,
  2. portière,
  3. portland,
  4. portland cement,
  5. portlaoise,
  6. portmanteau,
  7. portmanteau morph,
  8. portmanteau word,
  9. portnet,
  10. porto

Origin of portly

1520–30; port5 (noun) + -ly

Related formsport·li·ness, nounun·port·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for portly

portly

/ (ˈpɔːtlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

stout or corpulent
archaic stately; impressive
Derived Formsportliness, noun

Word Origin for portly

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

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Word Origin and History for portly

portly

adj.

early 15c., "stately, dignified," from port (n.3) "bearing, carriage" + -ly (1). Meaning "stout" is first recorded 1590s.

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