- The definition of sturdy is something that will not break, a strong person or something that is well-constructed.
An example of something sturdy is a balance beam that can hold up to 400 pounds.
- that will not yield or compromise; firm; resolute: sturdy defiance
- physically strong; vigorous; hardy
- strongly built or constructed
Origin of sturdyMiddle English defiant, refractory, hardy ; from Old French estourdi, stunned, reckless (basic sense “hard to influence or control”) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exturdire, to be dizzy (? from too much chattering) ; from Classical Latin ex-, intensive + turdus, a thrush
Origin of sturdyOld French estourdi, giddiness: see sturdy
- Having or showing rugged physical strength or robust health: a sturdy lifeguard; a sturdy build.
- Substantially made or built; able to withstand stress or rough use: a sturdy ladder; sturdy boots.
- Marked by resoluteness or determination; firm: sturdy resistance.
Origin of sturdyMiddle English, fierce, valiant, disobedient, strong, from Old French estourdi, dazed, reckless, from past participle of estourdir, to stun, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *exturdīre, to be or act drunk like a thrush that has eaten fermented grapes or berries : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + Latin turdus, thrush.
(comparative sturdier, superlative sturdiest)
- Of firm build; stiff; stout; strong.
- a sturdy oak tree
- Solid in structure or person.
- It was a sturdy building, able to withstand strong winds and cold weather.
- The dog was sturdy and could work all day without getting tired.
- A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps.
- Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality.
- a man of sturdy piety or patriotism
Circa 1300, in sense â€œunruly, reckless, violentâ€, from Old French estourdi, form of estourdir, originally â€œto daze, to make tipsy (almost drunk)â€ (Modern French Ã©tourdir (â€œto daze, to make tipsyâ€)), from Vulgar Latin *exturdire. Latin etymology is unclear â€“ presumably it is ex- + turdus (â€œthrush (bird)â€), but which this should mean â€œdazeâ€ is unclear. A speculative theory is that thrushes eat leftover winery grapes and thus became drunk, but this meets with objections.
Disease in cows and sheep is by extension of sense of â€œdazeâ€, while sense of â€œstrongly builtâ€ is of late 14th century, and relationship to earlier sense is less clear, perhaps from sense of a firm strike (causing a daze) or a strong, violent person.