Stur"dy (?), a. [Compar. Sturdier (?); superl. Sturdiest.] [OE. sturdi inconsiderable, OF. estourdi stunned, giddy, thoughtless, rash, F. 'etourdi, p.p. of OF. estourdir to stun, to render giddy, to amaze, F. 'etourdir; of uncertain origin. The sense has probably been influenced by E. stout.]

1.

Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting; unfeeling; stern.

This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress To rue upon her wifely steadfastness. Chaucer.

This must be done, and I would fain see Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay. Hudibras.

A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps. Atterbury.

2.

Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality; as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism.

3.

Characterized by physical strength or force; strong; lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout.

How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! Gray.

4.

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

Milton.

He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty. Sir H. Wotton.

Syn. -- Hardy; stout; strong; firm; robust; stiff.

 

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Stur"dy (?), n. [OF. estourdi giddiness, stupefaction.] Vet.

A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.

 

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