Simple Definition of robust
: strong and healthy
: strongly formed or built
: successful or impressive and not likely to fail or weaken
Full Definition of robust
1 a : having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health b : having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness <a robust debate> <a robust faith> c : strongly formed or constructed : sturdy <a robust plastic> d : capable of performing without failure under a wide range of conditions <robust software>
3 : requiring strength or vigor <robust work>
5 : of, relating to, resembling, or being a relatively large, heavyset australopithecine (especially Australopithecus robustus and A. boisei) characterized especially by heavy molars and small incisors adapted to a vegetarian diet — compare gracile 3
Examples of robust
If Singapore, just seven miles to the north with its glittering skyline and robust economy, is Southeast Asia's Cinderella, Batam is her dark sister. —Peter Gwin, National Geographic, October 2007
The greatest gains in mine mechanization came in a burst of innovation following World War II, when robust new machines were developed … —Robert L. Marovelli, Scientific American, September 1982
Humfry was a man whom everyone noticed. His stature was above ordinary, his complexion sanguine, his conversation lively, and his constitution robust. —Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America, 1971
Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? —Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851
robust young men and women
He is in robust health.
The sauce has a robust flavor.
Origin of robust
Latin robustus oaken, strong, from robor-, robur oak, strength
First Known Use: 1533
Synonym Discussion of robust
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