2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Burly \Bur"ly\ (b[^u]r"l[y^]), adjective [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." --Drayton.

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. --Cowley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: 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" [syn: {beefy}, {burly}, {husky}, {strapping}, {buirdly}]

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