Synonyms and Antonyms of strong

  1. 1 having muscles capable of exerting great physical force I need some strong people to help me move furniture Synonyms of strong brawny, muscular, rugged, sinewy, stalwart, stout Words Related to strong forceful, forcible, mighty, potent, powerful, puissant; able-bodied, athletic, fit, trim; beefy, burly, husky, strapping; masculine, virile; hard, inured, strengthened, sturdy, tough, toughened; energetic, energized, invigorated, lusty, red-blooded, robust, vigorous, vitalized; hale, healthy, hearty, sound Near Antonyms of strong challenged, disabled, incapacitated, paralyzed; impotent, powerless; puny, slight, small, unathletic, unfit, unhealthy Antonyms of strong delicate, feeble, frail, weak, weakling, wimpy

  2. 2 able to withstand hardship, strain, or exposure the doctor soon declared her strong enough to go home from the hospital Synonyms of strong cast-iron, hard, hard-bitten, hardened, inured, rugged, stout, hardy, sturdy, tough, toughened, vigorousWords Related to strong flinty, leathery, resilient, stalwart; durable, enduring, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, lasting, permanent, stable, staunch (also stanch), staying, tenacious, unyielding; flourishing, prospering, thriving; able-bodied, brawny, muscular; fit, fortified, hale, healthy, husky, lusty, red-blooded, robust, sound, strapping, virile; annealed, seasoned, temperedNear Antonyms of strong emasculated, enervated, enfeebled, exhausted, run-down, sapped, wasted, weakened, worn, worn out; crippled, debilitated, diseased, incapacitated, infirm, unsound; fragile, frail, puny; resistless, sensitive, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yielding; mortal, perishable, temporary, transientAntonyms of strong delicate, nonhardy, soft, tender, weak

  3. 3 having a powerfully stimulating odor or flavor the garlic in the sauce is almost too strong that's mighty strong perfume you're wearing Synonyms of strong nippy, pungent, sharp, tangyWords Related to strong acid, acidic; acrid, bitter, harsh; gingery, hot, peppery, piquant, spicy, tart, zesty, zingy; putrid, rancid, rank, skunky; acute, keen; animating, energizing, exciting, galvanizing, invigorating, provocative; appetizing, delectable, delicious, palatable, toothsome; flavorful, savory (also savoury), tasty; aromatic, redolentNear Antonyms of strong aged, mellow, ripe; gentle, soft; flat, flavorless, insipid; savorless, tasteless, zestless; dilute, thin, watery, weakAntonyms of strong bland, mild, smooth

  4. 4 having an abundance of some characteristic quality (as flavor) strong coffee Synonyms of strong big, concentrated, full, heady, lusty, muscular, plush, potent, rich, robust, full-bodiedWords Related to strong heavy; straight, undiluted, unmixed; high-octane, high-test; enriched, fortified; concentratedNear Antonyms of strong dilute, diluted, watered-down, wateryAntonyms of strong delicate, light, mild, thin, thinned, weak, weakened

  5. 5 having an unpleasant smell the dog's strong breath nearly bowled me over Synonyms of strong fetid, foul, frowsty [chiefly British], frowsy (or frowzy), funky, fusty, musty, noisome, rank, reeking, reeky, ripe, smelly, stenchy, stinking, stinky, malodorousWords Related to strong putrid, rancid, skunky, stale; bad, disgusting, offensive, repulsive, revolting, vile; decayed, decaying, decomposed, decomposing, rotted, rotten, rotting, spoiled, spoiling; dirty, filthy, nasty, noxious; odiferous, odoriferous, odorousNear Antonyms of strong flowery, fruity, spicy, woodsyAntonyms of strong ambrosial, aromatic, fragrant, perfumed, redolent, savory (also savoury), scented, sweet

  6. 6 having great power or influence a time when the country needs a strong leader Synonyms of strong heavy, heavy-duty, influential, mighty, potent, powerful, puissant, significant, importantWords Related to strong high-level, senior, top; able, capable, competent, effective, efficient; authoritarian, autocratic (also autocratical), despotic, dictatorial, magisterial, tyrannical (also tyrannic); celebrated, distinguished, dominant, eminent, famed, famous, great, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, notorious, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious, prominent, renowned; dynamic, energetic, forceful, high-powered, robust, vigorousNear Antonyms of strong feeble, flimsy, frail, infirm; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknown; incapable, incompetent, ineffective, inept, inexpert, unfit, unqualified, unskilled, unskillfulAntonyms of strong helpless, impotent, insignificant, little, powerless, unimportant, weak

  7. 7 having the power to persuade made a strong argument for starting school an hour later each day Synonyms of strong compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, effective, forceful, persuasive, satisfying, cogent, tellingWords Related to strong authoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevantNear Antonyms of strong groundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weakAntonyms of strong inconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive

  8. 8 marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion buildings strong enough to withstand an earthquake Synonyms of strong bombproof, fast, firm, sound, stalwart, stable, sturdyWords Related to strong dependable, durable, reliable; infrangible, irrefragable, unbreakable; beefy, solid; cohesive, toughNear Antonyms of strong infirm, insecure, weak; shaky, tottering, tottery, unbalanced, wobbly (also wabbly); unsubstantialAntonyms of strong rickety, unsound, unstable, unsteady

  9. 9 not showing weakness or uncertainty a strong belief in the value of hard work Synonyms of strong forceful, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, firm, sturdy, vigorousWords Related to strong hard, ironclad, mighty, powerful, tough, unyielding; animated, brisk, energetic, frisky, jaunty, jazzy, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightful, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy; assured, certain, confident, sanguine, secure, sureNear Antonyms of strong feeble, fragile, frail; limp, listless, spiritless; diffident, insecure, self-doubting; characterless, effete, frail, spineless, weakened, weak-kneed, wimpy, wishy-washyAntonyms of strong uncertain, weak

Synonym Discussion of strong

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

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