AskDefine | Define sturdy

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sturdy adj
1 having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships; "hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young athletes" [syn: hardy, stalwart, stout]
2 substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal" [syn: tough] [also: sturdiest, sturdier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. of firm build
  2. 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.


of firm build
solid in structure or person

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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