sturdy

adjective
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
b : firm, resolute
c : rugged, stable

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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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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

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His sturdy presence in the Diamondbacks rotation has been a welcome sight for a staff ravaged by injury in the first half. Richard Morin, azcentral, "MVP, breakout, biggest disappointment: Handing out first-half superlatives to Diamondbacks," 8 July 2019 George used two sturdy hiking poles to aid him on the 2-mile long, 1,300-foot climb, which slowed as the group reached the summit approach. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘The luckiest man in the world’," 8 July 2019 Get down low to avoid falling, find a sturdy desk or table to seek cover under and hold onto it while covering your head with your other arm. Ramona Sentinel, "Strong quake prompts preparedness reminders from county," 5 July 2019 Dress for off-trail hiking in wet and muddy conditions, including sturdy shoes. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "What is all this talk about Ted: Valley Views," 5 July 2019 Because such sturdy machines already come with batteries, that might solve the power problem of how to get those ions flowing. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 Suitcases Great for long distance and business travel, the sturdy suitcase is perfect when getting on an airplane. Houston Chronicle, "Head out with the best travel gear, whether on the road or in the air," 27 June 2019 China has sturdy bulwarks against trade pressure at the moment: Consumption drove 65% of growth in the first quarter, despite recent hints of weakening. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Inward Tilt Could Cripple It," 26 June 2019 The outer shell is puncture-proof and double-coated with Thermo-Plastic Urethane, has sturdy handles on each end, and boasts a completely leak-proof zipper. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sturdy

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

sturdy

adjective
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
3 : resolute

Other Words from sturdy

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

sturdy

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

Medical Definition of sturdy

: gid

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