Definition of stalwart in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstôlwərt/


1Loyal, reliable, and hardworking: he remained a stalwart supporter of the cause
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  • So far, stalwart consumers, a solid housing sector, and stimulative government policies give reasons for optimism.
  • York's defence was stalwart and the forwards worked themselves to exhaustion to keep their lead.
  • Mr Fallows was a stalwart committee member whose name appeared year after year on the trophies, and the Horticultural Society Committee will be meeting shortly to decide upon some form of permanent memorial to him.
staunch, loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, constant, trusty, solid, hard-working, steadfast, redoubtable, unwavering
1.1 dated Strongly built and sturdy: he was of stalwart build
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  • Erwin was as stalwart and powerful as always, and with him came his wife and their sons.
  • The wanderer ventured forth into the eternal pass of cragged rock, worn with lines of age, yet stalwart and strong with thick trunks of stone bolstering the walls.
  • However, when ethnologists from the Smithsonian Institute visited the Quinault later in the century, they found a robust and stalwart people.


A loyal, reliable, and hardworking supporter or participant in an organization or team: the stalwarts of the Ladies' Auxiliary
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  • They will have to challenge without the support of either Jose Maria Jimenez or Denis Menchov, two of the stalwarts of the team.
  • Will Viva be able to continue their good work even without the support of these stalwarts?
  • It has been a sad summer at Sedgley Park as the club have said farewell to a number of loyal stalwarts.



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  • By now, those New Year's resolutions you so stalwartly made may be fading like bad rouge.
  • Next day, as the typhoon approached Tokyo, though, they had hours of TV coverage, with on-the-spot reporters reporting stalwartly from beside the monstrously threatening ocean, raincoats over their Giorgio Armanis.
  • Whereas he stalwartly argues the band have the right to be called whatever they want, I offer an alternative.


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  • Mars in Leo and Venus in Virgo have very definite ideas and opinions, which added to your own Tauran stalwartness could conceivably tip this week's flexibility levels towards uncomfortable.
  • I would also like to thank Ramesh for his stalwartness and persistence in replying to Sullivan.
  • It's all there: Judas's betrayal, the disciples' cowardice, the stalwartness of the women, the scorn of the people, the indictment at the Sanhedrin, the spinelessness of Pilate, and the brutality of the Romans.


Late Middle English: Scots variant of obsolete stalworth, from Old English stǣl 'place' + weorth 'worth'.

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Syllabification: stal·wart

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