adjective stur·dy \ˈstər-dē\

: strongly made

: strong and healthy

: having or showing mental or emotional strength


Full Definition of STURDY

a :  firmly built or constituted :  stout
b :  hardy <sturdy plants>
c :  sound in design or execution :  substantial
a :  marked by or reflecting physical strength or vigor
b :  firm, resolute
c :  rugged, stable
stur·di·ly \ˈstər-də-lē\ adverb
stur·di·ness \ˈstər-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of STURDY

  1. a dog with a strong sturdy build
  2. <it took a sturdy person to endure the life of a pioneer>

Origin of STURDY

Middle English, brave, stubborn, from Anglo-French esturdi stunned, from past participle of esturdir to stun, from Vulgar Latin *exturdire, from Latin ex- + Vulgar Latin *turdus simpleton, from Latin turdus thrush — more at thrush
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of STURDY

strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources <strong arms> <the defense has a strong case>. stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way <stout hiking boots>. sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction <a sturdy table> <people of sturdy independence>. stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability <stalwart environmentalists>. tough implies great firmness and resiliency <a tough political opponent>. tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together <tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life>.

Rhymes with STURDY

STURDIEST Defined for Kids


adjective stur·dy \ˈstər-dē\

Definition of STURDY for Kids

:  firmly built or made <The branch was sturdy enough to support his weight.>
:  strong and healthy in body :  robust
:  resolute
stur·di·ly \ˈstər-də-lē\ adverb
stur·di·ness \ˈstər-dē-nəs\ noun
Medical Dictionary


noun stur·dy \ˈstərd-ē\
plural sturdies

Medical Definition of STURDY

:  gid


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