adjective Etymology: probably alteration of burly Date: 1773 Scottish sturdy

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  • buirdly — uirdly adj. strong and heavily built; of people. [Scottish] Syn: beefy, burly, husky, strapping, strong, vigorous. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buirdly — adjective muscular and heavily built a beefy wrestler had a tall burly frame clothing sizes for husky boys a strapping boy of eighteen buirdly is a Scottish term • Syn: ↑beefy, ↑burly, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • buirdly — buird·ly …   English syllables

  • white feather —    cowardice    Such a feather in the plumage of a fighting cock was said to indicate poor breeding whence less aggressive behaviour:     There s a white feather somewhere in the chield s wing, for all he s so big and buirdly. (Hamilton, 1898… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • boordly — ˈbu̇rdlē variant of buirdly * * * boordly variant of buirdly a. Sc …   Useful english dictionary

  • sturdy — adj 1. stalwart, stout, rugged, hefty, husky, burly, iron, solid, tough, yeomanly, Scot. buirdly, Scot, and North Eng. stiff, Inf. tough as nails, Inf. hard as rock; muscular, muscled, well muscled, full muscled, strong, brawny, strapping, broad… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • Scotland — noun one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain; famous for bagpipes and plaids and kilts (Freq. 2) • Members of this Region:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bierdly — bierdly, bierly variants of buirdly a …   Useful english dictionary

  • bierly — bierdly, bierly variants of buirdly a …   Useful english dictionary

  • burdly — var. of buirdly a. Sc …   Useful english dictionary

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