[ roh-buhst, roh-buhst ]
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  1. strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.

  2. strongly or stoutly built: his robust frame.

  1. suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance: robust exercise.

  2. rough, rude, or boisterous: robust drinkers and dancers.

  3. rich and full-bodied: the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

  4. 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

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin rōbustus “oaken, hard, strong,” equivalent to rōbus- (stem of rōbur “oak, strength”) + -tus, adjective suffix

Other words for robust

Opposites for robust

Other words from robust

  • ro·bust·ly, adverb
  • ro·bust·ness, noun
  • un·ro·bust, adjective
  • un·ro·bust·ly, adverb
  • un·ro·bust·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use robust in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for robust


/ (rəʊˈbʌst, ˈrəʊbʌst) /

  1. strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous

  2. sturdily built: a robust shelter

  1. requiring or suited to physical strength: a robust sport

  2. (esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour

  3. rough or boisterous

  4. (of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense

Origin of robust

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

Derived forms of robust

  • robustly, adverb

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