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 for sturdy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sturdy \Stur"dy\, n. [OF. estourdi giddiness, stupefaction.]
     A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness,
     or by dullness and stupor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sturdy \Stur"dy\, a. [Compar. Sturdier; superl. Sturdiest.]
     [OE. sturdi inconsiderable, OF. estourdi stunned, giddy,
     thoughtless, rash, F. ['e]tourdi, p. p. of OF. estourdir to
     stun, to render giddy, to amaze, F. ['e]tourdir; of uncertain
     origin. The sense has probably been influenced by E. stout.]
     1. Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn; unrelenting;
        unfeeling; stern.
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              This sturdy marquis gan his hearte dress
              To rue upon her wifely steadfastness. --Chaucer.
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              This must be done, and I would fain see
              Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay.       --Hudibras.
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              A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the
              utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he
              took the first steps.                 --Atterbury.
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     2. Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality;
        as, a man of sturdy piety or patriotism.
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     3. Characterized by physical strength or force; strong;
        lusty; violent; as, a sturdy lout.
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              How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
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     4. Stiff; stout; strong; as, a sturdy oak. --Milton.
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              He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs
              rather sturdy than dainty.            --Sir H.
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     Syn: Hardy; stout; strong; firm; robust; stiff.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or
             hardships; "hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud
             of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young
             athletes" [syn: hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdy]
      2: not making concessions; "took an uncompromising stance in the
         peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty" [syn:
         uncompromising, sturdy, inflexible] [ant:
         compromising, conciliatory, flexible]
      3: substantially made or constructed; "sturdy steel shelves";
         "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics
         are as tough as metal" [syn: sturdy, tough]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  83 Moby Thesaurus words for "sturdy":
     adamantine, athletic, beefy, bouncing, brawny, bulky, burly, dense,
     determined, doughty, durable, enduring, firm, firm as Gibraltar,
     flush, forceful, forcible, forcy, full-blooded, full-strength,
     gutsy, gutty, hale, hale and hearty, hard, hard as nails, hardy,
     hearty, heavy, hefty, husky, indomitable, infrangible, iron-hard,
     lasting, lusty, made of iron, massive, mighty, muscular, nervy,
     obstinate, potent, powerful, puissant, red-blooded, resolute,
     rigid, robust, robustious, robustuous, rude, rugged, solid, sound,
     stable, stalwart, staunch, steadfast, steady, steely, stout,
     strapping, strong, strong as brandy, strong as strong,
     strong-willed, substantial, tenacious, tough, unbreakable,
     uncompromising, unfaltering, unswerving, unwavering, unyielding,
     vigorous, vital, well-built, well-constructed, well-founded,
     well-grounded, well-made

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