Definition of sturdy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstəːdi

adjective (sturdier, sturdiest)


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  • Vertigo in sheep caused by a tapeworm larva encysted in the brain.



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  • His grandfather, who was Liberal MP for the county, finally took the roof off in the early 1950s, and the family is now confined to the more modest - and sturdily constructed - servants' quarters.
  • When you see the state of the roads, you understand that only very sturdily built vehicles can withstand the potholes and obstacles.
  • A handsome, long-haired, sturdily built dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is jet black in colour, with rich russet markings on his legs, cheeks, spots over each eye, and on either side of the snowy white chest markings.


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  • Living secluded from ordinary life fostered a spirit of modesty and sturdiness and they trained hard.
  • He is not shy with his bouncer and England's batsmen had better check the sturdiness of their helmets.
  • In a Canadian study, five types of angiographic balloon catheters were studied for their mechanical sturdiness and presence of loose particles resulting from blood contamination.


Middle English (in the senses 'reckless, violent' and 'intractable, obstinate'): shortening of Old French esturdi 'stunned, dazed'. The derivation remains obscure; thought by some to be based on Latin turdus 'a thrush' (compare with the French phrase soûl comme une grive 'drunk as a thrush').

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