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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Combining a sturdy favorite with a resilient outsider, the 2018 FIFA World Cup final epitomizes the tournament’s prevailing narrative. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 The Ariel is a feature-rich, versatile pack that presents a case study in how a sturdy, weight-bearing suspension design is often more comfortable than a design that shaves ounces by way of flimsier built-in support. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 But Trump may stand on sturdier political footing in the next stage of debate over how to deal with families accused of crossing the border illegally, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released last week. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 The Niro is a sturdy vehicle weighing 4,409 pounds (about a hundred pounds heavier than Kia’s midsize Sorento 4WD SUV), which makes its battery driving range all the more impressive. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 But those alternate straws are often inadequate for disabled people, who need safe, sturdy, flexible straws. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018 The bad: This model doesn't have a tool rack, and the knobs feel less than sturdy. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Get Fired Up About These New Gas Grills," 11 July 2018 The West Texas sand isn’t nearly as big or as sturdy. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018 Nikolich uses multiple zip ties or a strong construction adhesive to hang her work (the latter is a sturdier option). Claire Wolters,, "Meet the Philly artist who yarn bombing around the city to attract Taylor Swift's attention," 10 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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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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