[roh-buhst, roh-buhst]


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 formsro·bust·ly, adverbro·bust·ness, nounun·ro·bust, adjectiveun·ro·bust·ly, adverbun·ro·bust·ness, noun

Synonyms for robust

Antonyms for robust

1. feeble. 2. weak. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for robust

Contemporary Examples of robust

Historical Examples of robust

  • We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive.

  • And the robust anarchist, hanging his head on his breast, fell into a long reverie.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • To the widow of Mr Verloc the robust anarchist was like a radiant messenger of life.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • She made a perfect figure of robust health and vigorous purpose.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • If I had never had a trouble before I had one now—large, stalwart, robust.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for robust



strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
sturdily builta robust shelter
requiring or suited to physical strengtha 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 Formsrobustly, adverb

Word Origin for robust

C16: from Latin rōbustus, from rōbur an oak, strength
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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.

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