Stur·dy a. [Compar. Sturdier superl. Sturdiest.]
1. Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern.
This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress
To rue upon her wifely steadfastness. --Chaucer.
This must be done, and I would fain see
Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay. --Hudibras.
A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps. --Atterbury.
2. Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism.
3. Characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout.
How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! --Gray.
4. Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak.
He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty. --Sir H. Wotton.
Syn: -- Hardy; stout; strong; firm; robust; stiff.
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]