Definition of 'portly'
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The eponymous character was a portly middle-aged German soldier on a quiet sector of the front during the early years of the war. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The eponymous character was a portly middle-aged German soldier on a quiet sector of the front during the early years of the war. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My expectations are low because he is a portly gentleman. Times, Sunday Times (2013)His frame was portly and he shuffled when he walked, his feet turned slightly inwards. KANDAHAR COCKNEY: A Tale of Two Worlds (2004)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)When that was done, a mysterious, portly man in his fifties moved in. Times, Sunday Times (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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Used Occasionally. portly is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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