Definition: stout; corpulent
Definition: stout; corpulent
Sentences Containing 'portly'
said Stryver the portly, with his hands in his waistband, glancing round from the sofa where he lay on his back.
The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the inside pocket of his greatcoat.
He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a massive, strongly marked face and a commanding figure.
My aunt being supremely indifferent to Mrs. Crupp's opinion and everybody else's, and rather favouring than discouraging the idea, Mrs. Crupp, of late the bold, became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavour to hide her portly form behind doors--leaving visible, however, a wide margin of flannel petticoat--or would shrink into dark corners.
In the length he attains, and in his baleen, the Fin-back resembles the right whale, but is of a less portly girth, and a lighter colour, approaching to olive.
But he was stopped on the way by a portly sperm whale, that begged a few moments' confidential business with him.
But lazily undulating in the trough of the sea, and ever and anon tranquilly spouting his vapoury jet, the whale looked like a portly burgher smoking his pipe of a warm afternoon.
Applied to any other creature than the Leviathan--to an ant or a flea--such portly terms might justly be deemed unwarrantably grandiloquent.
His love for the good life let him to be portly at a young age, although later he slimmed down.
Geezil's loathing for Wimpy grew and soon became his defining character trait, and Geezil is not shy about telling the portly scamster how he feels about him.
A neighbour described a suspect as middle-aged, portly, and grey-haired.
Egerton was five feet ten inches in height, of strong and rather portly appearance.
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