adjective \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

Rhymes with STURDY


noun \ˈstərd-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural sturdies

Medical Definition of STURDY

: gid


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