portly

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EtymologyEdit

From port +‎ -ly.

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portly (comparative portlier, superlative portliest)

  1. (now rare) Having a dignified bearing; handsome, imposing. [from 15th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.2:
      Portly his person was, and much increast / Through his Heroicke grace and honourable gest.
  2. Fat; overweight. [from 15th c.]

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