Definition of portly in English:

portly

adjective

  • 1(especially of a man) having a stout body; somewhat fat.

    • ‘Ever since the breakup and subsequent divorce, Jack had told close friends and family members that he would've been a-okay if Marley cheated on him with some portly slob.’
    • ‘Sometimes too portly to actually star on-screen, he often provided a smooth-toned voiceover for more handsome leading men.’
    • ‘A portly British statesman once famously said that ‘democracy is based on reason and fair play.’’
    • ‘Jenkins neglected to mention one key argument, though: Americans are a portly group.’
    • ‘Lasse, a pale and portly businessman, is abruptly fired from his job after 30 years of service and 14 years without a missed day.’
    • ‘With an oversized sweater hanging from his portly frame, Peterson waved and flashed a forced grin as the crowd applauded politely.’
    • ‘Her portly body was perched on a small stool precariously, looking like she would fall off if she shifted even slightly.’
    • ‘In fact, I'm still a portly person, but I don't have any sympathy for those who blame others for their own poor choices, or the bad choices of their parents.’
    • ‘‘It used to be a story that made us weep only,’ said Nabih al-Ibrahim, 42, a portly civil engineer running for a city council seat.’
    • ‘We also had a memorable discussion about the portly professor Natalie had in school who was actually from Transylvania.’
    • ‘Our tester was burdened with a 10-pound snowboard strapped to his already portly pack.’
    • ‘Daddy, mustachioed and portly, wasn't there to monitor Aradhana's improvements.’
    • ‘He was the heir to his father - the portly county sheriff whose duty to protect and serve was best carried out drinking coffee at the local lumber yard and surprising an occasional joy-riding youth.’
    • ‘Jack's portly wife, Bertha, invited Laurie to supper, and Laurie was delighted to hear stories that Jack told of being trail boss on his own cattle drives.’
    • ‘Callista eyed the two portly cooks sceptically.’
    • ‘The portly woman was smiling when she returned.’
    • ‘Jack has the body of a portly, suited figure much given to lunching.’
    • ‘Frankel leaned his portly, balding, middle-age frame against a wall while he studied the past performance statistics of the horses in the fifth.’
    • ‘A portly greybeard, with huge shoulders and chest, he could usually be found writing his reminiscences or playing with the grandchildren.’
    • ‘Also I realized Heather would be there and while I love her, she's very tall and when I am around tall people I feel extremely portly.’
    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, falstaffian
    tubby, beefy, porky, pudgy, blubbery, poddy
    podgy, fubsy
    lard-assed, corn-fed
    pursy
    abdominous
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  • 2archaic Of a stately or dignified appearance and manner.

    ‘he was a man of portly presence’

Origin

Late 15th century: from port in the sense bearing + -ly.

Pronunciation:

portly

/ˈpôrtlē/