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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Bailey was using a carbon fiber cello that is both incredibly sturdy and resistant to extreme weather. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "These musical instruments are tough enough for travel in rural Alaska," 12 Sep. 2019 Concrete is very sturdy and provides better protection than many materials. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts make concrete in space for the first time," 10 Sep. 2019 The device's all-metal design is quite sturdy: its palm rests don't feel flimsy, and its lid and chassis don't bend or give when force is applied. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 This year, however, the Huskies are older and more experienced, and therefore should be somewhat more sturdy. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn football vs. Wagner: time, how to watch, broadcasters, weather, betting line, preview," 29 Aug. 2019 Among them is Adam Revell, a sturdy, 30-ish employee of SNR Security, which protects the club and whose logo seems similar to the emblem on the car seen leaving the murder scene. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker stands out with ‘The Last Good Guy’," 10 Aug. 2019 That cover was designed to be sturdy, but as Business Insider reports, over the years corrosion has occurred due to water finding its way in via openings in the ceilings and the building's unsealed joints. Fox News, "Chernobyl's 'sarcophagus' being dismantled due to 'very high' probability of collapse," 8 Aug. 2019 The Tumulus, as it is officially known, is under the jurisdiction of Historic England, a governmental body concerned with English heritage, and so, though most of the Heath is open meadow or woodland, the Tumulus is circled by sturdy iron railings. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Brexit Warnings to Be Found in Sheep Grazing in a London Park," 3 Sep. 2019 Once dried, the plaster jackets formed a sturdy shell protecting the dinosaur bones inside. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 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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