sturdy

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sturdy — ► ADJECTIVE (sturdier, sturdiest) 1) strongly and solidly built or made. 2) confident and determined: a sturdy independence. DERIVATIVES sturdily adverb sturdiness noun. ORIGIN originally in the senses «reckless, violent» a …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 sturdy — sturdy1 [stʉr′dē] adj. sturdier, sturdiest [ME, defiant, refractory, hardy < OFr estourdi, stunned, reckless (basic sense “hard to influence or control”) < VL * exturdire, to be dizzy (? from too much chattering) < L ex , intens. +… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Sturdy — Stur dy, n. [OF. estourdi giddiness, stupefaction.] (Vet.) A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 sturdy — index durable, firm, indestructible, inexpugnable, solid (sound), stable, strong Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 sturdy — c.1300, hard to manage, reckless, violent, from O.Fr. estourdi violent, originally dazed, pp. of estourdir to daze, from V.L. *exturdire, which is presumed to be from L. intensive prefix ex + turdus thrush. Perhaps the notion is of thrushes… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 sturdy — *stout, *strong, stalwart, tough, tenacious Analogous words: sound, robust, *healthy: *vigorous, energetic, lusty: dogged, pertinacious (see OBSTINATE) Antonyms: decrepit …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 sturdy — [adj] solid, durable athletic, built to last*, bulky, determined, firm, flourishing, hardy, hearty, hefty, hulking, husky, lusty, muscular, powerful, powerhouse*, resolute, robust, rugged, secure, sound, stalwart, staunch, steadfast, stiff, stout …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 sturdy — stur|dy [ˈstə:di US ˈstə:r ] adj comparative sturdier superlative sturdiest [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: estourdi stupidly brave, stunned , from estourdir to stun , from Vulgar Latin exturdire to behave like a thrush that has got drunk …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 sturdy — adjective 1 someone who is sturdy is strong, short, and healthy looking: a sturdy young man | sturdy legs 2 an object that is sturdy is strong, well made, and not easily broken: a sturdy wall 3 determined and not easily persuaded to change your… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 sturdy — sturdy1 sturdily, adv. sturdiness, n. /sterr dee/, adj., sturdier, sturdiest. 1. strongly built; stalwart; robust: sturdy young athletes. 2. strong, as in substance, construction, or texture: sturdy walls. 3. firm; courageous; indomitable: t …

    Universalium

  • 12 sturdy — [[t]stɜ͟ː(r)di[/t]] sturdier, sturdiest ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is sturdy looks strong and is unlikely to be easily injured or damaged. She was a short, sturdy woman in her early sixties... The camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod.… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 sturdy — adjective 1) a sturdy lad Syn: strapping, well built, muscular, athletic, strong, hefty, brawny, powerful, solid, burly, rugged, robust, tough, hardy, lusty; informal husky, beefy, meaty; dated stalwart; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 sturdy — UK [ˈstɜː(r)dɪ] / US [ˈstɜrdɪ] adjective Word forms sturdy : adjective sturdy comparative sturdier superlative sturdiest strong and not easily hurt, damaged, or affected by what happens sturdy legs/shoes/plants Derived words: sturdily adverb… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 sturdy — 1. adjective /ˈstɜː.dɪ/ a) of firm build It was a sturdy building, able to withstand strong winds and cold weather. b) solid in structure or person The dog was sturdy and could work all day without getting tired. 2. no …

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  • 16 Sturdy — This famous surname is early medieval English, although of French origins. It was originally given as a nickname surname for someone regarded as impetuous or hot headed, or perhaps one who was recklessly brave and fierce in combat. The derivation …

    Surnames reference

  • 17 sturdy — adjective (sturdier, sturdiest) strongly and solidly built or made. ↘confident and determined: a sturdy independence. noun vertigo in sheep caused by a tapeworm larva encysted in the brain. Derivatives sturdied adjective sturdily adverb… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 sturdy — adjective 1) a sturdy lad Syn: strapping, well built, muscular, strong, hefty, brawny, powerful, solid, burly; informal beefy 2) sturdy boots Syn: robust, strong …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 19 sturdy — stur•dy [[t]ˈstɜr di[/t]] adj. di•er, di•est 1) strongly built; robust; hardy 2) strong, as in substance, construction, or texture: a sturdy table[/ex] 3) firm; courageous; indomitable: the sturdy defenders of the fort[/ex] 4) of strong or hardy… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 sturdy — I. /ˈstɜdi / (say sterdee) adjective (sturdier, sturdiest) 1. strongly built, stalwart, or robust. 2. strong, as in substance, construction, texture, etc.: sturdy walls. 3. firm, stout, or indomitable: sturdy defenders. 4. of strong or hardy… …

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