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[roh-buhst, roh-buhst] /roʊˈbʌst, ˈroʊ bʌst/
strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous:
a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
strongly or stoutly built:
his robust frame.
suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance:
robust exercise.
rough, rude, or boisterous:
robust drinkers and dancers.
rich and full-bodied:
the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.
strong and effective in all or most situations and conditions: The system requires robust passwords that contain at least one number or symbol.
Our goal is to devise robust statistical methods.
Origin of robust
1540-50; < Latin rōbustus oaken, hard, strong, equivalent to rōbus-, stem of rōbur oak, strength + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
robustly, adverb
robustness, noun
unrobust, adjective
unrobustly, adverb
unrobustness, noun
1. powerful, sound. 4. coarse, rambunctious.
1. feeble. 2. weak. Unabridged
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  • Dinghal was not the most robust of men, but he was no coward.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • I think it was the image of my robust self as a wraith that did it.

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • He showed a greater eagerness for learning; and he was thought of too frail a constitution for any robust pursuit.

  • I am not so robust as you have known me, but there is nothing serious the matter with me.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • What they wanted was a robust adult; and to him they submitted themselves with self-abandonment.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for robust


/rəʊˈbʌst; ˈrəʊbʌst/
strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
sturdily built: a robust shelter
requiring or suited to physical strength: a robust sport
(esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
rough or boisterous
(of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense
Derived Forms
robustly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rōbustus, from rōbur an oak, strength
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for robust

1540s, from Middle French robuste (14c.) and directly from Latin robustus "strong and hardy," literally "as strong as oak," originally "oaken," from robur, robus "hard timber, strength," also "a special kind of oak," named for its reddish heartwood, from Latin ruber "red" (cf. robigo "rust"), from PIE *reudh- (see red (adj.1)). Related: Robustly; robustness. Robustious (1540s) was a common form in 17c. (cf. "Hamlet" iii.2); it fell from use by mid-18c., but was somewhat revived by mid-19c. antiquarian writers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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