What does sturdy mean?

Definitions for sturdy
ˈstɜr distur·dy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sturdy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdyadjective

    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"

  2. uncompromising, sturdy, inflexibleadjective

    not making concessions

    "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty"

  3. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"


  1. sturdynoun

    A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.

  2. sturdyadjective

    of firm build

  3. sturdyadjective

    solid in structure or person

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STURDYadverb

    Etymology: esourdi, French.

    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, whilst his conscience was yet vigilant and tender. Francis Atterbury.

    Aw’d by that house, accustom’d to command,
    The sturdy kerns in due subjection stand,
    Nor bear the reins in any foreign hand. Dryden.

    The ill-apparelled knight now had gotten the reputation of some sturdy lout, he had so well defended himself. Philip Sidney.

    Ne ought his sturdy strokes might stand before,
    That high trees overthrew, and rocks in pieces tore. F. Q.

    He was not of any delicate contexture, his limbs rather sturdy than dainty. Henry Wotton.

    Sturdiest oaks
    Bow’d their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blasts,
    Or torn up sheer. John Milton, Par. Reg.


  1. sturdy

    Sturdy refers to something or someone strongly and solidly built or capable of withstanding force or wear. It can also denote reliability and resiliency, suggesting great physical or mental strength and stability. This can be in reference to people, objects, or even concepts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sturdy

    foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern

  2. Sturdy

    resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism

  3. Sturdy

    characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout

  4. Sturdy

    stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak

  5. Sturdynoun

    a disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor

  6. Etymology: [OF. estourdi giddiness, stupefaction.]


  1. Sturdy

    Strongly built; stalwart; robust.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sturdy

    stur′di, adj. (comp. Stur′dier, superl. Stur′diest) resolute: firm: forcible: strong: robust: stout: (obs.) stubborn or obstinate.—adv. Stur′dily.—n. Stur′diness. [O. Fr. estourdi, pa.p. of estourdir (Fr. étourdir), It. stordire, to stun; acc. to Diez, through an assumed Low L. form from L. torpidus, stupefied.]

  2. Sturdy

    stur′di, n. the gid, a disease affecting young sheep with staggering and stupor, caused by a species of tapeworm in the brain.—adj. Stur′died.

Editors Contribution

  1. sturdy

    Able to stand and be flexible.

    They were a sturdy type of tree and very much loved.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sturdy is ranked #37993 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sturdy surname appeared 584 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sturdy.

    96.4% or 563 total occurrences were White.
    1.3% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sturdy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sturdy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sturdy in a Sentence

  1. The USGS:

    You are safer practicing the drop, cover and hold on maneuver under a sturdy piece of furniture like a strong desk or table.

  2. Ray Kapaun:

    It's been a long year, it's been a tough year, and I think a lot of people are looking for a light in their lives right now, it gives everyone something to hang on, to hold on and to sturdy their faith, I guess is how I feel.

  3. Kelly Gomez:

    We gave him a couple supplemental bottle feedings and then returned him to mom, and then overnight, he was nursing just fine. He’s a sturdy little guy, and quite handsome.

  4. Gavin Parry:

    We've seen an opening leg down on sentiment from Wall Street's bad day, but the good thing is the Nikkei looks quite sturdy, holding its spot around 19,500 points, i can't see the Nikkei being sold off when the yen's still holding the 123 handle.

  5. Daniil Bezsonov:

    I hope that those responsible for the decision to use this facility will be reprimanded, there are enough abandoned facilities in Donbas with sturdy buildings and basements where personnel can be quartered.

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    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    A anil
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    C flair
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