1. [syn: beefy, burly, husky, strapping, buirdly]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Burly \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." --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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 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,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
69 Moby Thesaurus words for "burly":
able-bodied, adipose, athletic, beefy, big, big-bellied, bloated,
blowzy, bosomy, brawny, broad-shouldered, buxom, chubby, chunky,
corpulent, distended, dumpy, fat, fattish, fleshy, full, gross,
heavy, heavyset, hefty, hippy, husky, imposing, large, lusty,
meaty, muscle-bound, muscular, obese, overweight, paunchy, plump,
podgy, portly, potbellied, pudgy, puffy, pursy, roly-poly, rotund,
rugged, sinewy, square, squat, squatty, stalwart, stocky, stout,
strapping, strong, sturdy, swollen, thewy, thick-bodied, thickset,
top-heavy, tough, tubby, well-built, well-fed, well-knit, well-set,