sturdy

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[ stur-dee ]
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adjective,stur·di·er, stur·di·est.
  1. strongly built; stalwart; robust: sturdy young athletes.

  2. strong, as in substance, construction, or texture: sturdy walls.

  1. firm; courageous; indomitable: the sturdy defenders of the Alamo.

  2. of strong or hardy growth, as a plant.

Origin of sturdy

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English stourdi, from Old French estourdi “dazed, reckless, stunned, violent,” past participle of estourdir “to daze, stun,” of disputed origin; perhaps ultimately from Latin ex- ex-1 + a verb derivative of torpidus “numb,” turbus “disturbed,” or turdus “thrush”

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Other words from sturdy

  • stur·di·ly, adverb
  • stur·di·ness, noun
  • un·stur·di·ly, adverb
  • un·stur·di·ness, noun

Other definitions for sturdy (2 of 2)

sturdy2
[ stur-dee ]

nounVeterinary Pathology.
  1. gid.

Origin of sturdy

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First recorded in 1560–70; noun use of sturdy1 in obsolete sense “giddy”

Other words from sturdy

  • sturdied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sturdy (1 of 2)

sturdy1

/ (ˈstɜːdɪ) /


adjective-dier or -diest
  1. healthy, strong, and vigorous

  2. strongly built; stalwart

Origin of sturdy

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C13 (in the sense: rash, harsh): from Old French estordi dazed, from estordir to stun, perhaps ultimately related to Latin turdus a thrush (taken as representing drunkenness)

Derived forms of sturdy

  • sturdily, adverb
  • sturdiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for sturdy (2 of 2)

sturdy2

/ (ˈstɜːdɪ) /


noun
  1. vet science another name for staggers, gid

Origin of sturdy

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C17: from sturdy 1 (in the obsolete sense: giddy)

Derived forms of sturdy

  • sturdied, adjective

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