One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘two burly bodyguards stood by him’
strapping, well built, sturdy, sturdily built, powerfully built, broad-shouldered, brawny, strong, muscular, muscly, well muscled, athletic, thickset, big, hefty, bulky, robust, rugged, stocky, lusty, Herculean, vigorous
informal hunky, beefy, husky, hulking, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
literary stalwart, thewy, stark
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