Definition of stalwart in English:



  • 1Loyal, reliable, and hard-working.

    ‘he remained a stalwart supporter of the cause’
    • ‘York's defence was stalwart and the forwards worked themselves to exhaustion to keep their lead.’
    • ‘I should say that I'm a stalwart supporter of free software and of open access to the scholarly and scientific literature.’
    • ‘Unless the music-loving public supports the few existing venues, even these stalwart locations will disappear and karaoke will have won.’
    • ‘Martha Parry and her dedicated stalwart team have devoted the past nine years to saving the only remaining historic building of significance in our town.’
    • ‘He has already brought stalwart supporter Arthur Cox in to oversee scouting in Britain and the manager has promised to scour the lower divisions looking for promising talent he can bring on.’
    • ‘He is also a stalwart Mayo supporter, who never misses a match from start of the season to the end.’
    • ‘In August 1894, a stalwart supporter carried into the Parliament a ‘monster’ petition in favour of women's suffrage.’
    • ‘A stalwart supporter of the Soil Association, Jo has hosted an organic event at her house and been to several at Highgrove.’
    • ‘In addition, there are stalwart slides, reels and hornpipes all solid session tuned played with enthusiasm and character.’
    • ‘In that position, however, he remained a stalwart support of the Arctic Program.’
    • ‘As he matured, Campbell became a stalwart supporter of the marriage between agriculture and industry and systematically increased his familiarity with both.’
    • ‘Her stalwart support has seen her raise more than a thousand pound every year for the society.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, she was also a strong advocate of growth and had been a well-respected voice on the council with her own stalwart supporters in the business community.’
    • ‘Players, officials and supporters at Corsham Rugby Club have been paying tribute to a stalwart committee member who died on Friday aged 69.’
    • ‘Mr Fallows was a stalwart committee member whose name appeared year after year on the trophies, and the Horticultural Society Committee will be meeting shortly to decide upon some form of permanent memorial to him.’
    • ‘So far, stalwart consumers, a solid housing sector, and stimulative government policies give reasons for optimism.’
    • ‘Mrs Taylor regularly ran Salisbury's soup kitchens, providing hot food for the hungry, and she was a stalwart supporter of the homeless trust.’
    • ‘The wines have been imported for the Royal Cliff by Ambrose wines, whose managing director, Ron Batori has been another stalwart supporter of the Wine Club.’
    • ‘Jay Haley is arguably the most stalwart hold-out in the family therapy field for the strong-sense idea of symptom function.’
    • ‘He was a stalwart supporter of Shamrock Gaels GAA club and, of the sport in general.’
    staunch, loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, constant, trusty, hard-working, vigorous, stable, firm, steadfast, redoubtable, resolute, unswerving, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering
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    1. 1.1dated Strongly built and sturdy.
      ‘he was of stalwart build’
      • ‘The wanderer ventured forth into the eternal pass of cragged rock, worn with lines of age, yet stalwart and strong with thick trunks of stone bolstering the walls.’
      • ‘However, when ethnologists from the Smithsonian Institute visited the Quinault later in the century, they found a robust and stalwart people.’
      • ‘Erwin was as stalwart and powerful as always, and with him came his wife and their sons.’
      • ‘target: not reached’
      strapping, well built, well made, muscular, athletic, strong, hefty, brawny, powerfully built, powerful, solidly built, solid, burly, stocky, thickset, rugged, substantial, robust, vigorous, tough, hardy, mighty, lusty, herculean
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  • A loyal, reliable, and hard-working supporter of or participant in an organization or team.

    ‘the stalwarts of the Labour Party’
    • ‘The centre is the realisation of years of hard work by a number of stalwarts of the game.’
    • ‘It was probably the biggest-ever gathering of stalwarts in the music field in recent times.’
    • ‘He's been a legend in his own time, one of those stalwarts of network news who made cable news.’
    • ‘Some old stalwarts appear in the traditional character parts but there are also some newcomers.’
    • ‘In autumn sunshine, Royal British Legion stalwarts and young uniformed cadets stood shoulder to shoulder.’
    • ‘Villagers are celebrating after two community stalwarts were recognised in the Queen's New Year's honours list.’
    • ‘Will Viva be able to continue their good work even without the support of these stalwarts?’
    • ‘Depp is the detective trying to protect her and the rest of the cast includes stalwarts of British acting such as Ian Holm and Robbie Coltrane.’
    • ‘It has been a sad summer at Sedgley Park as the club have said farewell to a number of loyal stalwarts.’
    • ‘The two stalwarts who aided him in defining his sculptural terrain were Michelangelo and August Rodin.’
    • ‘The couple have always been carnival stalwarts and for many years entered floats with friends.’
    • ‘The club suffered a major blow with the death recently of a founder member and one of its biggest stalwarts, David Chapman.’
    • ‘The stalwarts shared many memorable nights of music with music lovers here.’
    • ‘They will have to challenge without the support of either Jose Maria Jimenez or Denis Menchov, two of the stalwarts of the team.’
    • ‘A community came together yesterday to bid an emotional farewell to one of its leading stalwarts.’
    • ‘My brother's close association with them also meant that I could learn directly from those stalwarts.’
    • ‘The participating artists are stalwarts in their field and well-established names.’
    • ‘Within a period of a little more than a decade the stalwarts of the movement were found faltering in a state of utter frustration.’
    • ‘The Pars supporters remember him as a stalwart and the club cherished his memory by naming a stand after him.’
    • ‘The city's unsung community stalwarts were honoured at a glittering ceremony last night in the Ebor Suite at York Racecourse.’
    follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart
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Late Middle English: Scots variant of obsolete stalworth, from Old English stǣl ‘place’ + weorth ‘worth’.