Definitions

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  • adj. Sturdy, strong, well-built.
  • adj. Brave, courageous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Steadfast; firm-based.
  • Stout; strong; sturdy: used of things and men or animals, in a merely physical sense.
  • Stout; sturdy; brave; bold: noting men, with reference to strength and courage.

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

  • The complete Republican Party and their stalworth supporters will be found to be a mixed coalition of creepy political, social and religious extremist.

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  • Seven stalworth men shoot out from among a mass of rags on the floor, and with dark, wandering eyes, and massive, uncombed beards, commence in their native Italian a series of interrogatories, not one of which the detective can understand.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Mr. Stubbs draws back the curtains, when, behold! but tell it not in the by-ways, there is revealed the stalworth figure of Simon Patterson, the plantation parson.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • The distorted features, the profusion of long, red hair, curling over a scared face, and the stalworth figure, shed some light upon the identity of the deceased.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Now there appears in the doorway, the stalworth figure of the vote-cribber, who, with sullen face, advances mechanically toward Tom, pauses and regards him with an air of suspicion.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Burns was, indeed, a powerful man, and Wilson is celebrated for feats of strength and agility; I think, however, the stalworth frame, the long nervous arms, and well-knit joints of Scott, are worthy of the best days of the Border, and would have gained him distinction at the foray which followed the feast of spurs.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 17, No. 470, January 8, 1831

  • Two stalworth men were seen walking down the road that night about eight o'clock, dressed in a style common to boatmen.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • For luf es stalworth as pe dede, luf es hard as hell.

    Love is Life

  • Queen, not young maids, but stalworth women, well-grown, and two of them hard-featured; the third, tall, black-haired, and a goodly-fashioned body.

    Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

  • But Ralph called Clement to him and they drew a stalworth band together, and, heeding nought the chase of the runaways, they fell on those who had the Champions in their midst, and fell to smiting down men on either hand; and every man who looked on Ralph crouched and cowered before him, casting down his weapons and throwing up his hands.

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