Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Somewhat stout; of imposing appearance and carriage; corpulent.

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Usage examples "portly":

  1. Frau Asmussen was a dignified- looking and portly person, who received Lilly at the entrance of the library, and amidst kisses and tears assured her that she had loved her as her own daughter before she saw her, and now that they had met she was perfectly enchanted with her. - "The Song of Songs", Hermann Sudermann.
  2. Still, he was a portly sparrow, and must have needed a good deal to keep him on his feet. - "True and Other Stories", George Parsons Lathrop.
  3. The portly old prelate nodded cordially to Dr. Peutinger as he spoke. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.