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portly

[pawrt-lee, pohrt-] /ˈpɔrt li, ˈpoʊrt-/
adjective, portlier, portliest.
1.
rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
2.
Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing.
Origin of portly
1520-1530
1520-30; port5 (noun) + -ly
Related forms
portliness, noun
unportly, adjective
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portly

/ˈpɔːtlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
stout or corpulent
2.
(archaic) stately; impressive
Derived Forms
portliness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from port5 (in the sense: deportment, bearing)
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Word Origin and History for portly
adj.

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

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