- The definition of stalwart is a description for someone who is loyal and strong or for something that is reliable and sturdy.
An example of stalwart is a description for a loyal supporter of a cause.
- Stalwart is a loyal and reliable supporter.
An example of a stalwart is someone who has been a long time loyal supporter of a cause.
- strong and well-built; sturdy; robust
- brave; valiant
- resolute; firm; unyielding
Origin of stalwartMiddle English stalworthe ; from Old English stælwyrthe, short for statholwyrthe, firm ; from stathol, foundation (see staddle) + wyrthe, worth: hence, literally , having a firm foundation
- a stalwart person
- a person supporting a cause, esp. that of a political party, with firm partisanship
- Loyal and resolute: a stalwart ally; stalwart support.
- Strong and imposing: a stalwart oak tree.
Origin of stalwartMiddle English, alteration of stalworth, from Old English st&aemac;lwierthe, serviceable, probably alteration of *statholwierthe, steadfast : stathol, foundation; see staddle + weorth, valuable; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more stalwart, superlative most stalwart)
- Firmly built.
- one who has a strong build
- one who firmly supports a cause
From Scots stalwart (= English stalworth). From Middle English stalwurthe, from Old English stǣlwierþe (“capable of standing in good stead, serviceable”), from stǣl (“fixed position, station”) + -wierþe (“-able”). Compare staddle, worth; see also stalwart. More at stalworth.