sturdy

adjective

stur·​dy ˈstər-dē How to pronounce sturdy (audio)
sturdier; sturdiest
1
a
: firmly built or constituted : stout
b
: hardy
sturdy plants
c
: sound in design or execution : substantial
2
a
: marked by or reflecting physical strength or vigor
b
c
sturdily adverb
sturdiness 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
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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sturdy was in the 14th century

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“Sturdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sturdy. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sturdy

adjective
stur·​dy ˈstərd-ē How to pronounce sturdy (audio)
sturdier; sturdiest
1
a
: firmly built or made
a sturdy ship
b
: strong and healthy in body : hardy, robust
2
: firm entry 1 sense 3, resolute
sturdy self-reliance
sturdily adjective
sturdiness noun

Medical Definition

sturdy

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

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