American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


STURDY, adjective [G., connected with; 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.

A sturdy hardened sinner advances to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first step.

2. Strong; forcible; lusty; as a sturdy lout.

3. Violent; laid on with strength; as sturdy strokes.

4. Stiff; stout; strong; as a sturdy oak.

He was not of a delicate contexture, his limbs rather sturdy than dainty.

STURDY, noun A disease in sheep, marked by dullness and stupor.