Definition of sturdy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstɜːdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɜːrdi//
    (sturdier, sturdiest) Good health
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  1. 1(of an object) strong and not easily damaged synonym robust a sturdy pair of boots a sturdy table The vehicle is sturdy enough to withstand rough terrain.
  2. 2(of people and animals, or their bodies) physically strong and healthy a man of sturdy build sturdy legs a sturdy breed of cattle See related entries: Good health
  3. 3not easily influenced or changed by other people synonym firm, determined The village has always maintained a sturdy independence. a sturdy defence of the government’s position
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘reckless, violent’ and ‘intractable, obstinate’): shortening of Old French esturdi ‘stunned, dazed’. The derivation remains obscure; thought by some to be based on Latin turdus ‘a thrush’ (compare with the French phrase soûl comme une grive ‘drunk as a thrush’).
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