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    Question port & portly

    She has also previously had liposuction and body contouring operations to remove sagging skin.
    In the late 1990s Sharon even had a gastric band fitted, leading her to plunge from a portly size 22 to a 10.
    She once confessed: 'I'm a f****** glutton.'
    Hello! Could you please tell me what "port" refer to about "portly"? Thanks!

    I looked up several dictionaries about it. But I am still not very clearly about the word-portly.

    #1 Cambridge Dictionary
    portly
    (especially of middle-aged or old men) fat and round:
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    1. Comfortably stout; corpulent. See synonyms at fat.
    2. Archaic. Stately; majestic; imposing.
    portly: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    3port Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from porter to carry, from Latin portare Date: 14th century 1: the manner of bearing oneself2archaic : state 33: the position in which a military weapon is carried at the command port arms
    port - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    I don't understand the definition about port.

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    Re: port & portly

    I think you know by now that I am not a teacher, daffodils.

    Portly is an adjective that describes someone who is kind of fat, but not obese. It describes someone who is obviously a little overweight, but not so much so that their folds are exploding out of their clothes.

    It can also be a euphemism for "fat."

    Also, "port" is not related to "portly."

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    Re: port & portly

    Hi, daffodil!

    You can find some examples of 'portly' at portly - Definition at Your Dictionary

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: port & portly

    Thedeebo and Amigo:

    Thank you very much for your help. You guys have been teaching me many things online.

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    Re: port & portly

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Thedeebo and Amigo:

    Thank you very much for your help. You guys have been teaching me many things online.
    Thanks for the kind words, daffodil!

    Keep those questions and comments coming our way! Helping others learn English is always great fun for me!

    Cheers,
    Portly Amigo

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