UNBURLY

burly

[bur-lee]
adjective, burlier, burliest.
1.
large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
2.
bluff; brusque.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English borli, burli, Old English borlīce (adv.) excellently, equivalent to bor(a) ruler + -līce -ly

burlily, adverb
burliness, noun
unburly, adjective


1. strapping, stocky, brawny, thickset, beefy, hefty.


1. puny, weak, frail.
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burly (ˈbɜːlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
large and thick of build; sturdy; stout
 
[C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German burlīh lofty]
 
'burliness
 
n

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burly
c.1300, perhaps from O.E. burlic "noble, stately," lit. "bowerly," fit to frequent a lady's apartment (see bower). Sense descended through "stout," and "sturdy" by 15c. to "heavily built." Another theory connects the original word to O.H.G. burlih "lofty, exalted," related
to burjan "to raise, lift."
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