Definition of 'portly'
Example sentences containing 'portly'
Times, Sunday Times (2013) KANDAHAR COCKNEY: A Tale of Two Worlds (2004)
Everybody was really drunk and this rather portly man with a bald head came up to me and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
It shows a portly man wearing glasses walking naked into a room, then in a dressing gown with a champagne glass in hand.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
His portly frame dangled agonisingly, four stone of small fat boy held up in the air by two straining lumps of cartilage and flesh.ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?: A Life Through the Movies (2004)
When that was done, a mysterious, portly man in his fifties moved in.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
His slimline figure has become portly, he has adopted scruffy stubble, appears to be dyeing his hair and sports yellowing teeth.The Sun (2015)
Neither delivers lightning performance, and if you drive either model with vigour the car's rather portly kerb weight hits fuel economy.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
I suggest you return it to the previous owner and use your first week's wages on having one made that actually fits your portly frame.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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