- 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(of people and animals, or their bodies) physically strong and healthy a man of sturdy build sturdy legs a sturdy breed of cattle
- 3 not easily influenced or changed by other people synonym firm, determined The town has always maintained a sturdy independence. a sturdy defense of the government's position
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NAmE//ˈstərdl̩i//adverb The boat was sturdily made. a sturdily built young man a sturdily independent community
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