sturdy Definition

  • 1strong and solidly built
  • 2able to withstand pressure or rough treatment
  • 3reliable and dependable

Using sturdy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sturdy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sturdy oak table had been in the family for generations.

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    She wore a pair of sturdy boots for the hike.

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    The bridge was sturdy enough to support heavy traffic.

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    He is a sturdy worker who never complains.

sturdy Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sturdy

Phrases with sturdy

  • very strong and resilient


    Despite the harsh weather conditions, the old lighthouse stood sturdy as an oak.

  • a person who appears to be poor and homeless but is actually healthy and able to work


    The man on the street corner was a sturdy beggar who refused to take any job offers.

  • a person who is physically strong and well-built


    The wrestler had a sturdy figure that made him almost unbeatable in the ring.

Origins of sturdy

from Middle English 'stourdy', meaning 'hard, harsh'


Summary: sturdy in Brief

The term 'sturdy' [ˈstɜːdi] describes something that is strong, solid, and able to withstand pressure or rough treatment. It can refer to physical objects like a sturdy oak table or sturdy boots, or to people like a sturdy worker. 'Sturdy' is also used to describe someone who is reliable and dependable. Phrases like 'sturdy as an oak' and 'sturdy beggar' extend the meaning of the word.

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