ro·bust /roˈbʌst, ˈro(ˌ)bəst/
1. Evincing strength; indicating vigorous health; strong; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; sound; as, a robust body; robust youth; robust health.
2. Violent; rough; rude.
While romp-loving miss
Is hauled about in gallantry robust. --Thomson.
3. Requiring strength or vigor; as, robust employment.
Syn: -- Strong; lusty; sinewy; sturdy; muscular; hale; hearty; vigorous; forceful; sound.
Usage: -- Robust, Strong. Robust means, literally, made of oak, and hence implies great compactness and toughness of muscle, connected with a thick-set frame and great powers of endurance. Strong denotes the power of exerting great physical force. The robust man can bear heat or cold, excess or privation, and toil on through every kind of hardship; the strong man can lift a great weight, can give a heavy blow, and a hard gripe. “Robust, tough sinews bred to toil.” --Cowper.
Then 'gan the villain wax so fierce and strong,
That nothing may sustain his furious force. --Spenser.
adj 1: physically strong [ant: frail]
2: marked by richness and fullness of flavor; "a rich ruby
port"; "full-bodied wines"; "a robust claret"; "the robust
flavor of fresh-brewed coffee" [syn: full-bodied, rich]
3: strong enough to withstand intellectual challenge; "the
experiment yielded robust results"; "a robust faith"
4: rough and crude; "a robust tale"