- strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
- strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.
- firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
- a physically stalwart person.
- a steadfast or uncompromising partisan: They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns.
Origin of stalwart
- a conservative Republican in the 1870s and 1880s, especially one opposed to civil service and other reforms during the administrations of presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James A. Garfield.
Examples from the Web for stalwart
The specter of this virus fills some of our most stalwart souls with unreasoning dread even when it is no immediate threat.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
We are left with stalwart genres (action, rom com) and classic roles (prude, seductress, jock, backstory-less best friend).It Ain't Easy Being Bisexual on TV
August 14, 2014
Ellison, a stalwart progressive, was the first Muslim-American elected to Congress.Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
July 30, 2014
When the Stalwart vanguard reached the perimeter, their ranks broke in confusion.
Without presidential intervention, the committee would certainly authenticate the Stalwart delegation.
“A tall and stalwart esquire, methinks,” said Master Headley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The stalwart man was buttoned up in a dark overcoat, and carried an umbrella.The Secret Agent
Another voice, stalwart, elated, cut through it like a sword.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He was the mightiest man of valor in that same day of this our life, stalwart and stately.Beowulf
If I had never had a trouble before I had one now—large, stalwart, robust.The First Violin
- strong and sturdy; robust
- solid, dependable, and courageousstalwart citizens
- resolute and firm
- a stalwart person, esp a supporter
Word Origin and History for stalwart
late 14c., Scottish variant of Old English stælwierðe "good, serviceable," probably a contracted compound of staðol "foundation, support" (from Proto-Germanic *stathlaz, from PIE root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm;" see stet) + wierðe "good, excellent, worthy" (see worth). Another theory traces the first element of stælwierðe to Old English stæl "place," from Proto-Germanic *stælaz. In U.S. political history, applied 1877 by Blaine to Republicans who refused to give up their hostility to and distrust of the South.