- 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
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Examples from the Web for robustly
He thumped the table to emphasize how robustly and convincingly straight he was.Wendi to the Rescue
July 20, 2011
With the raids on three hedge funds yesterday, the Feds are robustly taking on insider trading.The Bogus Insider-Trading Case
November 22, 2010
Goldman contends, robustly, that it was not; the SEC, equally adamant, asserts that it was.The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman
April 19, 2010
He was robustly made, well proportioned, and had handsome features.No Thoroughfare
Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
The figure of the stranger, though not very tall, was above the ordinary height, and gracefully rather than robustly formed.The Disowned, Complete
Helen and Daisy agreed very well; Helen was robustly conscientious, and Daisy gently so.Helen Grant's Schooldays
Amanda M. Douglas
Gentle Lamb certainly was, but the word is not large enough or robustly human enough to cover all his character.Famous Houses and Literary Shrines of London
A. St. John Adcock
He was fond of Washington, and robustly content with the world as he found it there and elsewhere.Annie Kilburn
William Dean Howells
- 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
Word Origin and History for robustly
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.