Stal"wart (?), Stal"worth (?), a. [OE. stalworth, AS. staelwyr[eth] serviceable, probably originally, good at stealing, or worth stealing or taking, and afterwards extended to other causes of estimation. See Steal, v. t., Worth, a.]
Brave; bold; strong; redoubted; daring; vehement; violent.
tiller of the soil."
Fair man be was and wise, stalworth and bold.
R. of Brunne.
⇒ Stalworth is now disused, or but little used, stalwart having taken its place.
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