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Definition of "portly" [port•ly]

  • Comfortably stout; corpulent. See Synonyms at fat. (adjective)
  • Archaic Stately; majestic; imposing. (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 "portly" in a sentence
  • "One evening in mid-February, he called the portly man to speak with him after lecture, and, with what geniality he could, explained to him the details of his library project and told whom he had chosen for librarian."
  • "Jaho, who could herself be described as portly, said it was important to try to reduce the chronic illnesses associated with a sedentary lifestyle."
  • "And suddenly Tomas recalled the portly po'liceman handing him the denunciation of none other than this tall editor with the big chin."