Definition of 'burly'
Example sentences containing 'burly'
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And the countryside is also extremely big, so it's unlikely you will be woken by a burly security guard and told to move on. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The family was escorted away by a team of burly female security guards. The Sun (2008)The guard ushered me into the office of a burly fiftysomething man in a police uniform. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But we were pulled back to reality by a burly man at the back. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Preparing them is not a typical housewife but a burly man with an accent dressed in a deli serving outfit. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Youth coaching used to be about finding big, burly players who were good with their heads. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The men tend to be big, burly and bearded. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Within seconds he's surrounded by burly security guards. The Sun (2008)He was big and burly, looking a bit like a barrel wearing a suit. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The father is so unpredictable that the only way the social services can visit is in the company of two burly security guards. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But the man who actually meets me is big and burly with a short, military haircut. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That was the signal for three burly security guards to surround Ashley. Times, Sunday Times (2014) Big burly sportsmen are allowed to be caring dads and partners, too. Times, Sunday Times (2010) Big, burly men whose footballing ability arguably came as secondary to raw power. The Sun (2013)A burly security guard sat him back down and stood behind his chair. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Inside the building, escalators snake skywards but normal progress is blocked by a swarm of burly security guards. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It just happens to be interrupted by moments in which lots of big, burly men hit each other. The Sun (2014)His orchestral scores are big and burly and full of notes, driven into their places by a formidable brain. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I'm having a swim and a burly man strikes up a conversation. The Sun (2013)There are a couple of burly security guards who look like secret service agents and the air is chilled so it's as if we really are underground. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Trends of 'burly'
Used Occasionally. burly is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'burly'
British English: burly ADJECTIVE
A burly man has a broad body and strong muscles.
He was a big, burly man.
Definition of burly from the Collins English Dictionary
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