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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During four minutes of a ride down a river in a motor skiff, scores of silvery fish—as big and sturdy as lengths of firewood—erupt leaping from the water. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Overrun’ Review: Too Many Fish to Fry," 12 May 2019 This refresh seems to be about 6 ounces heavier but sturdier, too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on: MSI's GS65 Stealth Thin, our first look at a 9th-gen Core i7-9750H and GTX 1660 TI," 30 Apr. 2019 Michael Reisch, professor of social justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, gives his take on the sturdy Trump base -- why people who might be hurt by the president's policies stick with him. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Preparing for the possibility of a pandemic," 4 May 2018 The ravaged female victim, clinging to life in a Delhi hospital, can barely speak, and the effect on Vartika, Deputy Commissioner of Police, our sturdy heroine in the episodes to come, is overwhelming. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix's Delhi Crime Is Your Next International Crime Binge," 26 Apr. 2019 Find something sturdy that’s about knee-height, recommends Oprea. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This 4-Move Workout Works Your Whole Body—and All You Need Is a Step," 19 Apr. 2019 The largely agricultural district is riddled with wineries, picturesque villages packed with ancient ruins, and Roman bridges so sturdy people are still driving over them. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 This sturdy, sensible compound of attitudes is another aspect of the city’s light, its music. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Such models are big and sturdy enough to haul your sleeping gear, tent, and a few indulgences, like a camp chair or an espresso maker. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018

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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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