Definition for STUR'DY

STUR'DY, a. [G. störrig, connected with storren, a stub.]

  1. Hardy; stout; foolishly obstinate; implying coarseness; or rudeness. This must be done, and I would fain see / Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay. – Hudibras. A sturdy hardened sinner advances to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first step. – Atterbury.
  2. Strong; forcible; lusty; as, a sturdy lout. – Sidney.
  3. Violent; laid on with strength; as, sturdy strokes. – Spenser.
  4. Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak. He was not of a delicate contexture, his limbs rather sturdy than dainty. – Milton.

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