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Definition of burly:

  1. Coarse and rough; boisterous.
  2. 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.


robust, beefy, strong, stout, buirdly, hoarse, brawny, fat, muscular, sinewy, strong, sturdy, husky, brawny, strapping, gruff, athletic.

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