Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a porter; hence, coarse; vulgar.

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Examples

  • But neither will a generous spirit affect the empty sound of words; nor can a mind, unless enricht with learning, be deliver'd of a birth of poetry; there must be the purity of language, no porterly expression, or meanness, as I may call it, of words is to be admitted; but a stile perfectly above the common, and with Horace, --

    The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

  • Notwithstanding we wanted an example to encourage us in our porterly rudeness, we ordered them to light the wax candle, by which we ignified our pipes and blew about our whiffs; at which several Sir Foplins drew their faces into as many peevish wrinkles as the beaux at the Bow Street Coffee-house, near

    All About Coffee

  • Thou mayst perchance have seen me also have a fancy to play at trap-ball, or to kiss a serving wench, or to guzzle ale and eat toasted cheese in a porterly whimsy; but is it fitting thou shouldst remember such follies?

    Peveril of the Peak

  • Thou mayst perchance have seen me also have a fancy to play at trap - ball, or to kiss a serving wench, or to guzzle ale and eat toasted cheese in a porterly whimsy; but is it fitting thou shouldst remember such follies?

    Peveril of the Peak

  • (and shaking the sides of all beholders,) in these attitudes; thy fat head archly beating time on thy porterly shoulders, right and left by turns, as I once beheld thee practising to the horn-pipe at

    Clarissa Harlowe

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  • But as to her sordid menace... Broken bones, Belford!-- Who can bear this porterly threatening!

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 17, 2007

  • I've also found this in other works in the phrases "porterly language," and "porterly drunk."

    December 17, 2007