stur·​dy | \ˈstər-dē \
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 \ adverb
sturdiness \ˈstər-​dē-​nəs \ 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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Roughly 2,000 people an hour have to move through the attractions without slowing down, so the houses have to be as sturdy, and up to fire code, as anything else in the park. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 Those are old gift boxes that Megan says are sturdy. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Felt Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Nearly Identical To the Real Thing," 26 Sep. 2018 Leo loves to bask in the spotlight, but during Mercury's backward spin, take extra precautions to make sure your stage is sturdy to support your endeavors: After all, public meltdowns are rarely well-received. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 And don't worry, parents—the glowing lamps are kid-friendly and sturdy enough to be held in your hand or moved around. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "These Magnificent Moon Lanterns Will Light Up Your Home Like Never Before," 16 July 2018 The sturdy but lightweight canine quarters are constructed of paulownia wood, named after Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1795-1865). Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 As a developing country, the Philippines is much poorer than the southeastern United States, which means houses tend to be less sturdy and first responders less well equipped, among other factors. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 And the magnesium alloy body feels as sturdy and solidly built as ever. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Fujifilm X-T3 review: the do-everything camera," 24 Oct. 2018 Details on the design are scarce, but Viuff says the complex will be designed for animal/human cohabitation, with sturdy, easy-to-clean flooring and a garden with a dog bathing area that will function like an in-complex dog run. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Apartment building in Denmark will only rent to pet owners," 17 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of sturdy

: strongly made

: strong and healthy

: having or showing mental or emotional strength


stur·​dy | \ˈstər-dē \
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


stur·​dy | \ˈstərd-ē \
plural sturdies

Medical Definition of sturdy 

: gid

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