from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Comfortably stout; corpulent. See Synonyms at fat.
- adj. Archaic Stately; majestic; imposing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a dignified port or mien; of a noble appearance; imposing.
- adj. Bulky; corpulent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stately or dignified in mien; of noble appearance and carriage.
- Stout; somewhat large and unwieldy in person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. euphemisms for `fat'
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.
"Number two," he said to himself, recalling the portly Mexican -- and the voice.
Ease, music, money-making, the affairs of his harem and the bringing-up of his children, are his chief interests, and his plump pale face with long-lashed hazel eyes, his curling beard and fat womanish hands, recall the portly potentates of
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And he got down on all fours, and he was kind of portly at the time - like he is now, actually - and his stomach was peeking out from beneath his shirt.
When I described Nilas Martins as "portly" in The New York Times and Mark Morris as "obese" in the Times Literary Supplement, those remarks were also greeted with silence.
Complainants are 'portly', 'disheveled', 'live with their mothers', 'not normal'...
I've actually heard it said that if you're a Black man and you're kind of portly, well then that means if you're playing a character with children that there's a new stereotype the pappy.