adjective stur·dy \ ˈstər-dē \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of sturdy

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 : firm, resolute
c : rugged, stable


play \ˈstər-də-lē\ adverb


play \ˈstər-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sturdy in a Sentence

  1. a dog with a strong sturdy build

  2. it took a sturdy person to endure the life of a pioneer

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

STURDY Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of sturdy for English Language Learners

  • : strongly made

  • : strong and healthy

  • : having or showing mental or emotional strength

STURDY Defined for Kids


adjective stur·dy \ ˈstər-dē \

Definition of sturdy for Students

sturdier; sturdiest
1 : firmly built or made
  • The branch was sturdy enough to support his weight.
2 : strong and healthy in body : robust
3 : resolute


\ˈstər-də-lē\ adverb


\ˈstər-dē-nəs\ noun

Medical Dictionary


noun stur·dy \ ˈstərd-ē \

medical Definition of sturdy

plural sturdies
: gid

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