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



BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtli//
[usually before noun] Body shape
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(especially of an older man) rather fat synonym stout The waiter was a portly middle-aged man. See related entries: Body shape Word Originlate 15th cent.: from port in the sense ‘bearing’ + -ly.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: portly