One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the boy had grown sturdy and handsome’
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
fit, able-bodied, healthy, in good health, hale and hearty, hearty, hale, in good shape, in good condition, sound, sound in body and limb
informal husky, beefy, meaty, chunky, fit as a fiddle, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
literary thewy, stark
2‘the boat was small but it was sturdy’
robust, strong, strongly made, well built, well made, solid, substantial, stout, sound, serviceable, stable
tough, resilient, durable, long-lasting, built to last, hard-wearing, imperishable, indestructible, resistant
3‘nature is offering a sturdy resistance to man’
vigorous, strong, stalwart, firm, determined, resolute, tenacious, staunch, steadfast, unyielding, unwavering, uncompromising
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