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ˈpɔrt li, ˈpoʊrt-port·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portly, stoutadjective

    euphemisms for `fat'

    "men are portly and women are stout"


  1. portlyadjective

    Having a dignified bearing; handsome, imposing.

  2. portlyadjective

    Fat; overweight.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Portlyadjective

    Etymology: from port.

    Rudely thou wrong’st my dear heart’s desire,
    In finding fault with her too portly pride. Edmund Spenser.

    Your Argosies with portly sail,
    Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood,
    Or as it were the pageants of the sea,
    Do overpeer the petty traffickers. William Shakespeare.

    A portly prince, and goodly to the sight,
    He seem’d a son of Anak for his height. Dryden.

    A goodly, portly man and a corpulent; of a chearful look, a pleasing eye, and a most noble carriage. William Shakespeare.

    Our house little deserves
    The scourge of greatness to be used on it;
    And that same greatness too, which our own hands
    Have help’d to make so portly. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.


  1. portly

    Portly typically refers to a person, usually a man, who is somewhat fat or heavily built. It often has a slightly more polite connotation than simply saying someone is overweight or obese.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portlyadjective

    having a dignified port or mien; of a noble appearance; imposing

  2. Portlyadjective

    bulky; corpulent

  3. Etymology: [From Port demeanor.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portly

    pōrt′li, adj. having a dignified port or mien: corpulent: (Shak.) swelling.—n. Port′liness, state of being portly. [Port, bearing.]

Anagrams for portly »

  1. protyl

  2. tropyl

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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