Sturdy Stur"dy, a. [Compar. {Sturdier}; superl. {Sturdiest}.] [OE. sturdi inconsiderable, OF. estourdi stunned, giddy, thoughtless, rash, F. ['e]tourdi, p. p. of OF. estourdir to stun, to render giddy, to amaze, F. ['e]tourdir; of uncertain origin. The sense has probably been influenced by E. stout.] 1. Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern. [1913 Webster]

This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress To rue upon her wifely steadfastness. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

This must be done, and I would fain see Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

2. Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism. [1913 Webster]

3. Characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout. [1913 Webster]

How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! --Gray. [1913 Webster]

4. Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Hardy; stout; strong; firm; robust; stiff. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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