Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

stalwart

[stawl-wert]
See more synonyms for stalwart on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
  2. strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.
  3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising: a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
Show More
noun
  1. a physically stalwart person.
  2. a steadfast or uncompromising partisan: They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns.
Show More

Origin of stalwart

1325–75; Middle English (Scots), variant of stalward, earlier stalwurthe; see stalworth
Related formsstal·wart·ly, adverbstal·wart·ness, noun

Stalwart

[stawl-wert]
noun
  1. 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.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stalwart

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • “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

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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

    Anonymous

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

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill


British Dictionary definitions for stalwart

stalwart

adjective
  1. strong and sturdy; robust
  2. solid, dependable, and courageousstalwart citizens
  3. resolute and firm
Show More
noun
  1. a stalwart person, esp a supporter
Show More
Derived Formsstalwartly, adverbstalwartness, noun

Word Origin

Old English stǣlwirthe serviceable, from stǣl, shortened from stathol support + wierthe worth 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stalwart

adj.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper