Definition of burly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

burly

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrli//
 
(burlier, burliest)
 
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(of a man or a man’s body) big, strong and heavy synonym brawny Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘dignified, imposing’): probably from an unrecorded Old English word meaning ‘stately, fit for the bower’ (see bower, -ly).
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