- 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: ME, 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: OFr estourdi, giddiness: see sturdy
- sturdied adjective
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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