[pawrt-lee, pohrt-]
adjective, portlier, portliest.
rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent.
Archaic. stately, dignified, or imposing.

1520–30; port5 (noun) + -ly

portliness, noun
unportly, adjective
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portly (ˈpɔːtlɪ)
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  stout or corpulent
2.  archaic stately; impressive
[C16: from port5 (in the sense: deportment, bearing)]

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Word Origin & History

1529, "stately, dignified," from port (3) "bearing, carriage" (q.v.). Meaning "stout" is first recorded 1598.
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Example sentences
So there he was, a portly septuagenarian sunk deep in a leather chair.
He may have been more portly than the statue shows him, though.
His portly figure and ruddy face suggest that he is no stranger to either of
  these items.
Our waiter fit the stereotype-handlebar moustache, long white apron wrapped
  around a portly waist-and apparently so did we.
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