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  • n. The characteristic of being burly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality of being burly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being burly.


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  • But perhaps best of all is the fact that the Workforce 610, despite a name that suggests burliness, is small enough to stash just about anywhere.

    Wired Top Stories

  • In my mind I kept defaulting to _he_ because of his height of almost two and a half meters and his burliness.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Most irritating in those last two instances, the extra bits tend to overshadow fine contributions from outsiders, including Cheb Mami's lovely chanting on 'Rose' and James Taylor's faux-burliness on 'Up'.

    Brand New Day

  • Their physical aspects ranged from the bearded and faintly odorous burliness of Mr. Petrowitz to the rat-faced and yellow-toothed scrawniness of Mr. Pargo; but all of them had the same dominant characteristic in common.

    The Saint in Action

  • He was a big-limbed, deliberate man, whose quiet burliness lent to an ample silk-faced frock-coat a superfine dignity.

    Nostromo: a Tale of the Seaboard

  • Atlas was he named not at his baptism, but half in admiration, half in derision by his mates, for his burliness of body and his inordinate greediness of all kinds, for he coveted, say they, the entire earth, clutched at a mighty part thereof, and what he seized upheld manfully.

    Romance of Roman Villas (The Renaissance)

  • He was rather large for the house, and especially for the stairs; moreover, he had a certain burliness of walk, such as is acquired by men living constantly in the open.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories

  • They were a striking pair as they stood together and plighted their faith calmly: he big and strong, almost to the point of burliness, and she slight, sweet and lissom.

    A Man and a Woman

  • They set off the whiteness of their wares by the brownness of their sunburnt hands and faces, and bear in their general stoutness and burliness of presence, a curious resemblance to their own comfortable bottles.

    Venetian Life

  • My new dress was very handsome, though rather burly, in spite of which Dall said it made me look taller, so its rather burliness didn't matter.

    Records of a Girlhood


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