bowerly


bowerly
bow·er·ly

English syllables. 2014.

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  • bowerly — ˈbȯə(r)lē adjective Etymology: probably alteration of burly dialect England : stout, burly …   Useful english dictionary

  • burly — [13] 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… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • burly — c.1300, perhaps from O.E. burlic noble, stately, lit. bowerly, fit to frequent a lady s apartment (see BOWER (Cf. bower)). Sense descended through stout, and sturdy by 15c. to heavily built. Another theory connects the original word to O.H.G.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • burly — [13] 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… …   Word origins


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