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 sturdy (audio) \ adverb
sturdiness \ ˈstər-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce sturdy (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Without it, the foundation of your broader wellness is not sturdy. Sallie Krawcheck, Marie Claire, 13 Oct. 2021 The tree is sturdy and the pieces go together without a problem. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2021 But there were other positives, Hardemion said, including a stand-alone 1920s-era classroom building, with solid architectural bones and sturdy wooden cabinets, as well as a renovated, distinctive auditorium — and plenty of space. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Use wood glue and/or additional screws to make sure the piece is sturdy. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 The Ravens defense was sturdy in the first half, holding the Lions to 101 total yards, but fell flat in the second, as Detroit outscored Baltimore 17-9 while recording 184 yards. Ryan Mcfadden,, 27 Sep. 2021 This patio essential has a 4.8-star rating from Overstock customers, with many complimenting its sturdy, elegant design. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Its simple, polished, and sturdy design has earned it more than 6,600 five-star ratings out of 8,000 in total. Nina Huang,, 22 June 2021 This is all wrapped up in a large, sturdy design illuminated by customizable RGB lighting. Janhoi Mcgregor, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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 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


stur·​dy | \ ˈstərd-ē How to pronounce sturdy (audio) \
plural sturdies

Medical Definition of sturdy

: gid

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