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Sturdy is a related term of hale.

As nouns the difference between sturdy and hale

is that sturdy is a disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor while hale is , black pine (pinus nigra ) or hale can be awn, beard of grain.

As an adjective sturdy

is of firm build; stiff; stout; strong.




  • Of firm build; stiff; stout; strong.
  • a sturdy oak tree
  • * Sir H. Wotton
  • He was not of any delicate contexture; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty.
  • Solid in structure or person.
  • It was a sturdy building, able to withstand strong winds and cold weather.
    The dog was sturdy and could work all day without getting tired.
  • (obsolete) Foolishly obstinate or resolute; stubborn.
  • * Hudibras
  • This must be done, and I would fain see / Mortal so sturdy as to gainsay.
  • * Atterbury
  • A sturdy , hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety with less reluctance than he took the first steps.
  • Resolute, in a good sense; or firm, unyielding quality.
  • a man of sturdy piety or patriotism


  • A disease in sheep and cattle, marked by great nervousness, or by dullness and stupor.
  • References




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • (archaic) Health, welfare.
  • * Spenser
  • All heedless of his dearest hale .

    Etymology 2

    Representing a Northern dialectal form of (etyl) .


  • Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Last year we thought him strong and hale .
  • * 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
    "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"
    * unhale
    Usage notes
    * Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) halen, from (etyl) haler, from (etyl) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of (l).


  • To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
  • * , II.6:
  • For I had beene vilely hurried and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me upon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
  • * 1820 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), , :
  • The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom / As some dark Priest hales the reluctant victim / Shall drag thee, cruel King, to kiss the blood.
  • *
  • He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance..
  • * 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), (A Place of Greater Safety) , Harper Perennial, 2007, page 262:
  • They will hale the King to Paris, and have him under their eye.


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