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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  --Cowley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  burly 
  adj  :  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;  "a  buirdly  lad  of  twelve")  [syn:  {beefy},  {husky}, 
  {strapping},  {buirdly}] 




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