Burly

Bur"ly

(br"l), 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.
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In his latter days, with overliberal diet, [he was] somewhat corpulent and burly.
Sir T. More.
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Burly and big, and studious of his ease.
Cowper.
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2. Coarse and rough; boisterous.
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It was the orator's own burly way of nonsense.
Cowley.
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