- rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
- Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing.
Origin of portly
Related Words for portlyoverweight, beefy, burly, corpulent, stout, ample, broad, fleshy, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, plump, rotund, avoirdupois
Examples from the Web for portly
Contemporary Examples of portly
How many Benny Hill scenes involved the creepy, portly man zooming about perilously near an unfathomably stacked woman?Women, It's Time to Reclaim Our Breasts
September 9, 2014
The portly, balding Sabah, a father of two, glances nervously at the television.The Tragic Exodus of Iraq’s Christians
June 22, 2014
A moment later I saw my scowling taxi driver darting toward the ticket booth with a companion, a portly man in a checked shirt.I Got Arrested by the Secret Police
September 17, 2011
From Alec “The Bloviator” Baldwin to “portly pepperpot” Monica Lewinsky, revisit his chief rogue targets.Page Six's Biggest Feuds
October 8, 2010
Historical Examples of portly
A portly burgher was he, friendly of tongue and free of purse.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The consciousness of acres had passed away from his portly presence.Night and Morning, Complete
I dug my heels into the mule's belly and pushed on, the portly cleric at my side.The Strolling Saint
A matronly woman, of portly dimensions, met them in the hallway.The Spoilers of the Valley
He went up to Mr. Gilbert, a portly man in the back part of the store.The Cash Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
- stout or corpulent
- archaic stately; impressive