from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or marked by imposing physical strength.
- adj. Firm and resolute; stout.
- n. One who is physically and morally strong.
- n. One who steadfastly supports an organization or cause: party stalwarts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Firmly built.
- adj. Courageous.
- n. one who has a strong build
- n. one who firmly supports a cause
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Brave; bold; strong; redoubted; daring; vehement; violent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stout; strong: applied to inanimate objects. [Scotch.]
- Hard; severe.
- Stormy; tempestuous.
- Stout; sturdy; strong; bold; brave. See stalworth.
- Sturdy and steadfast in partizanship: in United States politics [capitalized], noting various sections of the Republican party. See the phrase.
- Synonyms Stout, Sturdy, etc. (see robust), sinewy, brawny, muscular, strapping, powerful, valorous, resolute.
- n. A strong or sturdy person.
- n. A stout and steadfast partizan; specifically [capitalized], same as Stalwart Republican. See above.
- n. An ascetic, dogmatic, and strenuous person: noting a social type.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
- adj. having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
- adj. dependable
- adj. used especially of persons
Middle English, alteration of stalworth, from Old English stǣlwierthe, serviceable, probably alteration of *statholwierthe, steadfast : stathol, foundation; see staddle + weorth, valuable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots stalwart (= English stalworth). From Middle English stalwurthe, from Old English stǣlwierþe (“capable of standing in good stead, serviceable”), from stǣl (“fixed position, station”) + -wierþe (“-able”). Compare staddle, worth; see also stalwart. More at stalworth. (Wiktionary)