• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stalwart used especially of persons "a stalwart knight","a stouthearted fellow who had an active career in the army"
    • adj stalwart dependable "the stalwart citizens at Lexington","a stalwart supporter of the UN","stout hearts"
    • adj stalwart 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"
    • n stalwart a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stalwart Brave; bold; strong; redoubted; daring; vehement; violent.Stalworth is now disused, or but little used, stalwart having taken its place. "A stalwart tiller of the soil.""Fair man he was and wise, stalworth and bold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stalwart Stout; strong: applied to inanimate objects. [Scotch.]
    • stalwart Hard; severe.
    • stalwart Stormy; tempestuous.
    • stalwart Stout; sturdy; strong; bold; brave. See stalworth.
    • stalwart Sturdy and steadfast in partizanship: in United States politics [capitalized], noting various sections of the Republican party. See the phrase.
    • stalwart Synonyms Stout, Sturdy, etc. (see robust), sinewy, brawny, muscular, strapping, powerful, valorous, resolute.
    • n stalwart A strong or sturdy person.
    • n stalwart A stout and steadfast partizan; specifically [capitalized], same as Stalwart Republican. See above.
    • n stalwart An ascetic, dogmatic, and strenuous person: noting a social type.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stalwart stawl′wart stout, strong, sturdy: determined in one's partisanship
    • n Stalwart a resolute person.—(arch.) Stal′worth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stalworth, AS. stælwyrð, serviceable, probably originally, good at stealing, or worth stealing or taking, and afterwards extended to other causes of estimation. See Steal (v. t.) Worth (a.)


In literature:

The spruce grew here, straight and dark and tall, a stalwart army whose measureless march no human eyes beheld.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
He was a stalwart man of seventy, hale as an oak, but his hair was white as snow.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
But stalwart Love hath won the fall of thee.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
There is a drawing by him in the Louvre of a stalwart man carrying upon his back the corpse of a youth.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
On its last iron ladder the conductor swung aside to make room for Kincaid's stalwart spring.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
That done, the stalwart sons of Adam made their beds with skins and blankets on the floor.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Weeks of wretched food and three days of almost complete starvation had taken the strength pretty much out of his stalwart frame.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
BEGG, JAMES, Scotch ecclesiastic, born at New Monkland, Lanark; was a stalwart champion of old Scottish orthodoxy, and the last (1808-1883).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The judge, Beulah Sands's father, is close on to seventy, and I have heard mother and father say is a stalwart, a Virginia stalwart.
"Friday, the Thirteenth" by Thomas W. Lawson
They were called the Stalwart Republicans.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing

In poetry:

Men of the honest heart,
Men of the stalwart hand,
Men, willing to obey,
Thence able to command:
"Our Summons" by Ernest Jones
I lend you Englishmen hot air
And I get all the beef
While you stalwart sheep of freedom
Are on the poor relief.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
Nor dream that to a noble deed
It needs a noble name;
Or that to mighty act achieved
Must link a stalwart frame:
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
I saw one stalwart figure,
With the stoop of one at the plough;
The tan of the winds of Ayrshire
Deep upon cheek and brow.
"In Selkirk" by Alexander Anderson
Then suddenly I see him rise,
Tall, stalwart and serene . . .
Lo! There he stands before my eyes,
The man he might have been.
"Man Child" by Robert W Service
Strengthened with blood and wealth of former time,
Stalwart and swift her wakened steps go forth, —
The beauty and the bounty of her clime
Made fruitful by the vigour of the North.
"South Africa - 1899" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

GOP stalwart from NC says Ryan's speech rivals Reagan.
Charles County stalwart calls it a career.
It was Univision, the Spanish-language stalwart.
Tea party stalwart Jim DeMint's decision to leave the Senate to run the Heritage Foundation may say something about the ability to effect change from the outside, as opposed to the inside.
That makes it tough for new companies to vie with stalwarts EBay and Inc. Story date time.
(AP) — Two years ago, Republican Chip Cravaack traveled throughout northeastern Minnesota in a huge RV with his picture on the side, introducing himself to voters who had sent Democratic stalwart Jim Oberstar to Washington 18 times.
Goalkeeper Biedny a stalwart in Clarence's sectional title run.
Goalkeeper Biedny a stalwart in Clarence's sectional title run.
Literary stalwart selected as city's first poet laureate.
A B-24 liberator and B-17 bomber, both stalwarts in the air battles of World War II, are visiting Rockford as part of the Callings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour.
The Northampton Democratic Committee will recognize the work of four longtime party stalwarts at a breakfast celebration at Look Park's Garden House on Oct 21.
A Stalwart of Time Inc Packs Up.
Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats.
The change also offers improved "succession planning" as pioneers and stalwarts of the program look to take on reduced roles, said Scott P Mathys, Lewis County Opportunities Inc CEO and a member of the local Christmas Sharing committee.
I am proud of the residents of Davis and their stalwart support for our children and their schools.