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burly †comely, imposing, stately XIII; hence as a conventional epithet in ME. ‘noble’; massively built, corpulent XIV. ME. borli, burli, -lich, prob. :- OE. *būrliċ ‘fit for the bower’ = OHG. būrlīh exalted, excellent, stately; see BOWER1, -LY1.

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bur·ly / ˈbərlē/ • adj. (-li·er , -li·est ) (of a person) large and strong; heavily built. DERIVATIVES: bur·li·ness n.

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burlyBurghley, Burley, burly, curly, early, girlie, hurley, hurly-burly, pearly, Shirley, surly, swirly, twirly •worldly • Berkeley • termly • earthly

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