• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sturdy substantially made or constructed "sturdy steel shelves","sturdy canvas","a tough all-weather fabric","some plastics are as tough as metal"
    • adj sturdy not making concessions "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks","uncompromising honesty"
    • adj sturdy 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The penculine titmouse of Africa builds its home in such a sturdy manner that Masai tribesman use their nests for purses and carrying cases.
    • n Sturdy (Vet) A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.
    • Sturdy Characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout. "How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!"
    • Sturdy Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern. "This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress
      To rue upon her wifely steadfastness."
      "This must be done, and I would fain see
      Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay."
      "A sturdy , hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps."
    • Sturdy Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism.
    • Sturdy Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak. "He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sturdy Obdurately set or determined; doggedly obstinate; stubborn; sulky: used of persons.
    • sturdy Having great force or endurance; strong in attack or resistance; vigorous; hardy; stout; lusty; robust: as, a sturdy opponent; sturdy pioneers; sturdy legs; a sturdy tree.
    • sturdy Firmly fixed or settled; resolute; unyielding; hard to overcome: used of things.
    • sturdy Synonyms Stout, Stalwart, etc. (see robust), brawny, sinewy, muscular, firm.
    • n sturdy A disease of sheep caused by the presence in the brain of the eœenurus, or cystic larval form of the dog's tapeworm, Tænia cœnurus. The cysts vary in size from that of a pea to that of a pigeon's egg. The disease is marked by lack or loss of coordination in muscular action, evinced in a disposition to stagger, move sidewise, or sit on the rump, and also by stupor. Sturdy generally attacks sheep under two years old, and is rarely cured, since puncturing or trephining gives but temporary relief. Also called gid and staggers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sturdy stur′di comp. Stur′dier, superl. Stur′diest) resolute: firm: forcible: strong: robust: stout: (obs.) stubborn or obstinate
    • n Sturdy stur′di the gid, a disease affecting young sheep with staggering and stupor, caused by a species of tapeworm in the brain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sturdi, inconsiderable, OF. estourdi, stunned, giddy, thoughtless, rash, F. étourdi, p. p. of OF. estourdir, to stun, to render giddy, to amaze, F. étourdir,; of uncertain origin. The sense has probably been influenced by E. stout,


In literature:

The sturdy mother was most prolific.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It was well-chinked and sturdy, and even had the luxury of a window.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The sturdy old pacha, however, backed by France, resolved to hold out.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Every moment of the day they remember from what sturdy stock they have sprung.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Everything now depended upon the fleetness and staying power of my sturdy little Boer pony, Blesman.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Tony, a sturdy bright-eyed boy of fourteen, Is under the control of Rudolph Rugg, a thorough rascal.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
He had a rather sturdy sense of honour.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
He was not long kept in suspense, for the sturdy young fellow came out talking eagerly with Ben and turning down his sleeves.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
It was just at that moment that a sturdy-looking farmer came up.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Rob, who came next to Janet, was a sturdy little chap, courageous as a young lion.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

A sturdy youth he was and tall,
His looks would all his soul declare;
His piercing eyes were deep and small,
And strongly curl'd his raven-hair.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
"For the sturdy woodman plied the blade
And the forest soon lay low;
Then the burning sun and the want of shade
Soon shrank my full crystal flow.
"The Stream's Story" by Jared Barhite
The stately oak withstands the storm
That rocks its boughs in fiercest strife;
The winds that shake its sturdy form
But give a deeper, stronger life.
"The Trees" by Abner Cosens
"Eyvind Kallda and his men!"
Answered then
From the yard a sturdy farmer;
While the men-at-arms apace
Filled the place,
Busily buckling on their armor.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf V. -- The Skerry Of Shri" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Long was the conflict waged through weary years
Counted from when the sturdy farmers fell:
Hopes crucified, red trenches, bitter tears,
Made Man another hell!
"Arms And The Man - The Ravages Of War" by James Barron Hope
Children sturdy and flaxen
Shouting in brotherly strife,
Like the land they are Saxon,
Sons of a man and his wife,--
For a man and his loves make a man and his life.
"A Saxon Song" by Victoria Sackville-West

In news:

This sturdy blade, has a thick belly that is perfect for field related tasks such as carving aiming stakes, building hide sites, or simply cutting a piece of 550 cord.
Make a sturdy spot to perch with this bench project you can wrap up this weekend.
Volvo has been a master of wagons for decades, and the sturdy, boxy 240S sets the standard for upscale suburban transport.
Stone Structures Stay Sturdy by the Seashore .
Martha Sturdy - business secrets of success.
Martha Sturdy talks about her entrepreneurial success.
Martha Sturdy is making yet another change in her career.
Martha Sturdy - secrets of success.
Gamecocks put game on Lattimore's sturdy shoulders.
'Survivor' sturdy , 'X Factor' up Wednesday.
Sturdy Naples runs down Thoroughbreds.
Small and sturdy — a boy, his net and a love affair.
Old, sturdy chairs work for a porch.
The sturdy tuber hasn't simply weathered the recession, it has positively thrived.
The Pug 's reason for living is to be near their people and to please them, and their sturdiness makes them a family favorite.

In science:

These arguments suggest that the Laughlin wavefunction will be sturdy even in the presence of interactions.
CP_N Solitons in Quantum Hall Systems
To be seen far from the galaxy where you formed, you need both to live a long time (100 kpc at 500 km s−1 = 2 × 108 yrs) and to be sturdy enough to hold together during the ejection process.
Astrophysics in 2006