stur·​dy | \ ˈstər-dē How to pronounce sturdy (audio) \
sturdier; sturdiest

Definition of sturdy

1a : firmly built or constituted : stout
b : hardy sturdy plants
c : sound in design or execution : substantial
2a : marked by or reflecting physical strength or vigor

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Other Words from sturdy

sturdily \ ˈstər-​də-​lē How to pronounce sturdily (audio) \ adverb
sturdiness \ ˈstər-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce sturdiness (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of sturdy in a Sentence

a dog with a strong sturdy build it took a sturdy person to endure the life of a pioneer
Recent Examples on the Web Portobello mushrooms are large enough to eat just like a burger and sturdy enough to be able to throw on the grill without falling apart. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "No Meat on Hand? These Meat Substitutes Are the Next Best Thing," 1 May 2020 Swiss chard is sturdy enough to act as a wrap for tasty fillings and stand up to double dips in the honey-ginger peanut sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps," 30 Apr. 2020 Ultimately, the book presents an intricate portrait of a diplomat, and her ardent belief in democratic values and human rights, transatlantic partnerships and arms control, and open economies and sturdy institutions. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 11 May 2020 The employees who spoke to The News said they were issued disposable masks by the company at the time, but many employees eventually turned to sturdier cloth masks at their own expense. Dallas News, "Hillstone restaurant employees say the company is forbidding them to wear masks," 5 May 2020 The Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot from Merrell is a sturdy boot, available in varieties for both men and women in regular and wide widths, that is designed to keep your feet dry, no matter the weather or trail conditions. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Top-rated Hiking Boots Are Comfortable, Durable, and Waterproof," 3 May 2020 The strong, sturdy stems grow straight up, which helps them hold up the heavier flower heads. Southern Living, "'Annabelle' Is the Showiest Hydrangea of All," 2 May 2020 Tender spinach and other greens replace the sturdier varieties. Sunset Magazine, "9 Reasons Why You Should Sign up for a Farm Box During Quarantine," 28 Apr. 2020 That leaping ability, as well as his sturdy frame and speed (4.48 40 at the combine), should give him a chance in the NFL. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Donovan Peoples-Jones: 3 things to know about the Browns’ sixth-round pick in NFL Draft 2020," 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sturdy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Sturdy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sturdy

: strongly made
: strong and healthy
: having or showing mental or emotional strength


stur·​dy | \ ˈstər-dē How to pronounce sturdy (audio) \
sturdier; sturdiest

Kids Definition of sturdy

1 : firmly built or made The branch was sturdy enough to support his weight.
2 : strong and healthy in body : robust

Other Words from sturdy

sturdily \ ˈstər-​də-​lē \ adverb
sturdiness \ ˈstər-​dē-​nəs \ noun


stur·​dy | \ ˈstərd-ē How to pronounce sturdy (audio) \
plural sturdies

Medical Definition of sturdy

: gid

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