A portly person is stout, a bit fat, rounded, corpulent. It is often used in a humorous way, and can be a more polite way of referring to a large person. e.g. "I saw a po…rtly man coming out of McDonalds." rather than " I saw a fat man coming out of McDonalds .".
Example of usage: .
"Portly drunken man forms guardrail sandwich." -China News, Aug 14, 2009 .
'Portly' used to be used to refer to an imposing, stately of dignified appearance or bearing. King Henry VIII is often described as being portly. For more information, see 'Related links' below. (MORE)
The "man" was a philanthropist and business man who had asked for adonation to help the poor and need at this special time of year.Scrooge had refused him asking if there were… no prison or workhouses that these people could go to . In that last stave of thebook Scrooge begs for the mans' forgiveness and makes anundisclosed offering to him for the needy and Scrooge mad thedonation a large one to make up for all the ones he'd previouslyrefused. (MORE)
The portley man is a business and who is seeking donations fromother business owners to help the poor and needy. He tells Scroogehe wants to help buy food and provide warmth t…o those that havenothing at this time of year (MORE)