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Meaning of BURLY

Pronunciation:  burlee

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  muscular and heavily built; "a beefy wrestler"; "had a tall burly frame"; "clothing sizes for husky boys"; "a strapping boy of eighteen"; (`buirdly' is a Scottish term; "a buirdly lad of twelve")

BURLY is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: beefy, buirdly, husky, robust, strapping



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bur"ly\ (b[^u]r"l[y^]), a. [OE. burlich strong,
excellent; perh. orig. fit for a lady's bower, hence
handsome, manly, stout. Cf. {Bower}.]
1. Having a large, strong, or gross body; stout; lusty; --
   now used chiefly of human beings, but formerly of animals,
   in the sense of stately or beautiful, and of inanimate
   things that were huge and bulky. ``Burly sacks.''

         In his latter days, with overliberal diet, [he was]
         somewhat corpulent and burly.         --Sir T. More.

         Burly and big, and studious of his ease. --Cowper.

2. Coarse and rough; boisterous.

         It was the orator's own burly way of nonsense.

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