词源不详。可能来自PIE *bhergh, 高，高山，同burg, 城堡。
- burly:  Burly has come down in the world over the centuries. Originally it meant ‘excellent, noble, stately’, and it appears to come from an unrecorded Old English adjective *būrlic, literally ‘bowerly’ – that is, ‘fit to frequent a lady’s apartment’. Gradually, connotations of ‘stoutness’ and ‘sturdiness’ began to take over, and by the 15th century the modern ‘heavily built’ had become well established.
=> boor, booth, bower
- burly (adj.)
- c. 1300, perhaps from Old English burlic "noble, stately," literally "bowerly," fit to frequent a lady's apartment (see bower). Sense descended through "stout," and "sturdy" by 15c. to "heavily built." Another theory connects the Old English word to Old High German burlih "lofty, exalted," related to burjan "to raise, lift."
- 1. Three burly toughs elbowed their way to the front.
- 2. The burly brute swaggered forward, towering over me, and shouted.
- 3. No one expects him to get involved in the hurly-burly of campaigning.
- 4. He was a big, burly man.
- 5. He has remained largely aloof from the hurly - burly of parliamentary politics.
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