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Definition of "burly" []

  • Heavy, strong, and muscular; husky. See Synonyms at muscular. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "burly" in a sentence
  • "There is no doubt in my mind that the word burly isn't interchangeable with the terms cut or svelte."
  • "She has managed to get in a barroom brawl, threatened to shoot a mayoral staffer as well as have him beaten up, and twice called a burly and bald fellow council member “Shrek” during a public hearing."
  • "That was 25 years ago, but I still recall the burly driv ..."