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ROBUST', adjective [Latin robustus, from robur, strength.]

1. Strong; lusty; sinewy; muscular; vigorous; forceful; as a robust body; robust youth. It implies full flesh and sound health.

2. Sound; vigorous; as robust health.

3. Violent; rough; rude.

Romp loving miss is haul'd about in gallantry robust

4. Requiring strength; as robust employment.

[Note. This is one of the words in which we observe a strong tendency in practice to accentuate the first syllable, as in access; and there are many situations of the word in which this is the preferable pronunciation. Robustious is extremely vulgar, and in the United States nearly obsolete.]