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.