bur´li|ness

bur´li|ness
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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  • bur´li|ly — bur|ly «BUR lee», adjective, li|er, li|est. 1. big and strong; sturdy: »a burly wrestler. SYNONYM(S): brawny, stout. 2. bluff …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur|ly — «BUR lee», adjective, li|er, li|est. 1. big and strong; sturdy: »a burly wrestler. SYNONYM(S): brawny, stout. 2. bluff …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur — al·bur·num; Bur·ber·ry; bur·bler; bur·bly; bur·bot; bur; bur·chell s; bur·de·kin; bur·den·less; bur·den·man; bur·den s; bur·den·some; bur·den·some·ly; bur·den·some·ness; bur·el; bur·gage; bur·gall; bur·ga·mot; bur·gao; bur·gee; bur·gess;… …   English syllables

  • bur´den|some|ness — bur|den|some «BUR duhn suhm», adjective. hard to bear; very heavy; oppressive: »Figurative. The President s many duties are burdensome. SYNONYM(S): oppressing, onerous. See syn. under heavy. (Cf. ↑heavy) –bur´den|some|ly, adverb.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur´den|some|ly — bur|den|some «BUR duhn suhm», adjective. hard to bear; very heavy; oppressive: »Figurative. The President s many duties are burdensome. SYNONYM(S): oppressing, onerous. See syn. under heavy. (Cf. ↑heavy) –bur´den|some|ly, adverb.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bur|den|some — «BUR duhn suhm», adjective. hard to bear; very heavy; oppressive: »Figurative. The President s many duties are burdensome. SYNONYM(S): oppressing, onerous. See syn. under heavy. (Cf. ↑heavy) –bur´den|some|ly, adverb. –bur´den|some|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • boor´ish|ness — boor|ish «BUR ihsh», adjective. like a boor; rude or rustic. SYNONYM(S): clumsy, unrefined, ill mannered. –boor´ish|ly, adverb. –boor´ish|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • burliness — bur·li·ness …   English syllables

  • burly — bur|ly [ bɜrli ] adjective a burly man is fat and strong ╾ bur|li|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • burly — bur•ly [[t]ˈbɜr li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est 1) large in bodily size; stout; sturdy 2) bluff; brusque • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME borli, burli, OE borlīce (adv.) excellently =bor(a) ruler + līce ly bur′li•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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