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sturdy

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[ stur-dee ]
/ ˈstɜr di /
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adjective, stur·di·er, stur·di·est.
strongly built; stalwart; robust: sturdy young athletes.
strong, as in substance, construction, or texture: sturdy walls.
firm; courageous; indomitable: the sturdy defenders of the Alamo.
of strong or hardy growth, as a plant.
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Origin of sturdy

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1250–1300; Middle English stourdi<Old French estourdi dazed, stunned, violent, reckless (past participle of estourdir< ?)

OTHER WORDS FROM sturdy

stur·di·ly, adverbstur·di·ness, nounun·stur·di·ly, adverbun·stur·di·ness, noun

Other definitions for sturdy (2 of 2)

sturdy2
[ stur-dee ]
/ ˈstɜr di /

noun Veterinary Pathology.
gid.

Origin of sturdy

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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
healthy, strong, and vigorous
strongly built; stalwart

Derived forms of sturdy

sturdily, adverbsturdiness, noun

Word Origin for sturdy

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)

British Dictionary definitions for sturdy (2 of 2)

sturdy2
/ (ˈstɜːdɪ) /

noun
vet science another name for staggers, gid

Derived forms of sturdy

sturdied, adjective

Word Origin for sturdy

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