- 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.
sturdy definition by Webster's New World
- that will not yield or compromise; firm; resolute: sturdy defiance
- physically strong; vigorous; hardy
- strongly built or constructed
Origin: Middle 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 plush turdus, a thrush
Origin: Old French estourdi, giddiness: see sturdy
- sturdied adjective
sturdy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective stur·di·er, stur·di·est
- Having or showing rugged physical strength.
- Substantially made or built; stout: sturdy canvas.
- Marked by resoluteness or determination; firm: sturdy resistance.
- Vigorous or robust.
Origin: Middle English, reckless, sturdy, from Old French estourdi, past participle of estourdir, to stun, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *exturdīre, to be giddy as a thrush : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin turdus, thrush.
- sturˈdi·ly adverb
- sturˈdi·ness noun