bur|ly «BUR lee», adjective, -li|er, -li|est.
1. big and strong; sturdy: »

a burly wrestler.

SYNONYM(S): brawny, stout.
2. bluff; rough: »

They [Englishmen] are as generous as they are hasty and burly (Cardinal Newman).

[Middle English burli, variant of borlich]
bur´li|ly, adverb.
bur´li|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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