from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Loyal and resolute.
  • adjective Strong and imposing.
  • noun One who steadfastly supports an organization or cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A strong or sturdy person.
  • noun A stout and steadfast partizan; specifically [capitalized], same as Stalwart Republican. See above.
  • noun An ascetic, dogmatic, and strenuous person: noting a social type.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Brave; bold; strong; redoubted; daring; vehement; violent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Firmly built.
  • adjective Courageous.
  • noun one who has a strong build
  • noun one who firmly supports a cause

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
  • adjective having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
  • adjective dependable
  • adjective used especially of persons


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, alteration of stalworth, from Old English stǣlwierthe, serviceable, probably alteration of *statholwierthe, steadfast : stathol, foundation; see staddle + weorth, valuable; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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