Definition of Burly

1. Adjective. Muscular and heavily built. "`buirdly' is a Scottish term"

Exact synonyms: Beefy, Buirdly, Husky, Strapping
Geographical relationships: Scotland
Similar to: Robust
Derivative terms: Huskiness



Definition of Burly

1. a. 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.

Definition of Burly

1. Adjective. (usually of a man) Large, well-built, and muscular. ¹

2. Adjective. (slang) Originating from the east end of London, England. An expressive term to mean something is good, awesome, amazing, unbelievable. e.g That goal was burly, or Räikkönen is a burly Formula 1 driver. ¹

3. Adjective. (slang) Originating from surfer culture and/or Southern California. An expressive term to mean something is of large magnitude, either good or bad, and sometimes both. e.g. "That wave was burly!" (meaning it was large, dangerous and difficult to ride). "This hike is going to be burly, but worth it because there is good body surfing at that beach." (meaning the hike is going to be hard work). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Burly

1. heavy and muscular [adj -LIER, -LIEST] : BURLILY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Burly

burlesquing
burletta
burlettas
burley
burleycue
burleys
burlier
burliest
burlily
burlin'
burliness
burlinesses
burling
burls
burlwood
burly (current term)
burlywood
burman
burn
burn-baited
burn-beat
burn-clearing
burn a hole in one's pocket
burn bag
burn book
burn center
burn down
burn in hell
burn mark
burn notice

Literary usage of Burly

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1. A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens (1898)
"WE now come to King Henry the Eighth, whom it has been too much the fashion to call " Bluff King Hal," and " burly King Harry," and other fine names; ..."

2. A Child's History of England: And Miscellaneous Pieces by Charles Dickens (1883)
"WE now come to King Henry the Eighth, whom it has been too much the fashion to call " Bluff King Hal," and " burly King Harry," and other fine names; ..."

3. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"Thunder peals, flute-music, the laugh of Pan and the nymphs, the clear disdainful whisper of cold stoicism, and the hurly-burly of a country fair, ..."

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