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1(especially of a man) rather fat:‘a portly little man with a bowler hat’
stout, plump, fat, overweight, heavy, corpulent, fleshy, paunchy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, of ample build, ample, well upholstered, well padded, broad in the beam, rotund, roly-poly, round, rounded, stocky, bulky, falstaffiantubby, beefy, porky, pudgy, blubbery, poddypodgy, fubsylard-assed, corn-fedpursyabdominousView synonyms
- ‘Devlin swiveled around to see a short, portly man.’
- ‘At that moment, the owner of the café - a large portly man with kind eyes but a stern mouth - came back behind the bar.’
- ‘In the back of the restaurant, a rather portly man with graying hair sat down before a piano and placed his stubby fingers upon its glossy white keys.’
- ‘The driver, a portly man of medium height and an officer, taller and slim, talked as the sunlight poked through the clouds, shielding their eyes from its glare.’
- ‘Opposite, a portly gentleman with a magnificent beard adjusted his sword and bowed his head minutely in welcome.’
- ‘He is portly and stern and looks at his watch a lot and Thomas and his pals are a bit frightened of him, but he gets results.’
- ‘Eventually he started to talk with the bartender, a portly fellow with a large salt-and-pepper mustache and squinty eyes.’
- ‘As a teenager, John was quite portly - yet with a bit of discipline and a lot of bullying, the freshman fatty soon became a sophomore slim.’
- ‘I nodded and leaned against the bar, my eyes following Isabelle over to where a balding, portly fellow was sitting at the bar.’
- ‘Osgood was a large, bearded portly gentleman who took life and mathematics very seriously and walked up and down in front of the blackboard making ponderous statements.’
- ‘It took no more than a second for the door to snap open and a portly man to emerge, balancing two doughnuts precariously in one hand.’
- ‘He is a rather portly man with wavy, sand coloured hair and a farmer's style shirt.’
- ‘The fat portly man who had been questioning him turned to look at him, and Jason saw a snarl beneath the man's lips as he saw the figure stride forward.’
- ‘They skulk at the back, where portly men are eating prawn sandwiches and muttering.’
- ‘A short portly man with a bulbous nose and warm blue eyes - a Santa Claus without the beard - Drever is always talking and chuckling, ideas constantly bubbling up fast and furiously.’
- ‘A portly man was already in there, looking rather casual and unshaven.’
- ‘She looked across the plain room to where a small portly man sat behind a large oak table, his podgy hands resting in front of him.’
- ‘The manager, a short, portly man of perhaps 55, looked at them in alarm from across his cluttered desk.’
- ‘He may be crook but he's also a nice big portly guy.’
- ‘King Francis, a portly man with a neat beard and light eyes, sat in an armchair before the fire, instructing one of the servants to place more logs in the hearth.’
2archaic Of a stately or dignified appearance and manner:‘he was a man of portly presence’
Late 15th century: from port in the sense bearing + -ly.
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