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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: estourdi 'stupidly brave, stunned', from estourdir 'to stun', from Vulgar Latin exturdire 'to behave like a thrush that has got drunk from eating grapes', from Latin turdus 'thrush'

sturdy

adjective
     
stur‧dy comparative sturdier, superlative sturdiest
1 an object that is sturdy is strong, well-made, and not easily broken [↪ solid]:
That chair doesn't look very sturdy.
sturdy comfortable shoes
2 someone who is sturdy is strong, short, and healthy looking [↪ stocky]:
a sturdy young man
sturdy legs
3 determined and not easily persuaded to change your opinions:
They kept up a sturdy opposition to the plan.
sturdily adverb
sturdiness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: strong WORD FOCUS: strong
person: tough, muscular, wiry, powerful

thing: tough, sturdy, durable, rugged, heavy-duty, indestructible, well-made, robust

country/organization: powerful, mighty, influential, dominant
strong

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strong

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