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stalwart

[stawl-wert] /ˈstɔl wərt/
adjective
1.
strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
2.
strong and brave; valiant:
a stalwart knight.
3.
firm, steadfast, or uncompromising:
a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
noun
4.
a physically stalwart person.
5.
a steadfast or uncompromising partisan:
They counted on the party stalwarts for support in the off-year campaigns.
Origin of stalwart
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (Scots), variant of stalward, earlier stalwurthe; see stalworth
Related forms
stalwartly, adverb
stalwartness, noun

Stalwart

[stawl-wert] /ˈstɔl wərt/
noun
1.
a conservative Republican in the 1870s and 1880s, especially one opposed to civil service and other reforms during the administrations of presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and James A. Garfield.
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  • They were a stalwart people, versed in agriculture and working in metal.

  • “A tall and stalwart esquire, methinks,” said Master Headley.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Then the chief and his stalwart daughter hauled the light-weight pakeha safely to the summit of the wall.

  • She was like some stalwart oak, weathering with unshaken front a hurricane.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • A wherry was being pushed up the stream by its two stalwart boatmen, by the process known in Norfolk as quanting.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
British Dictionary definitions for stalwart

stalwart

/ˈstɔːlwət/
adjective
1.
strong and sturdy; robust
2.
solid, dependable, and courageous: stalwart citizens
3.
resolute and firm
noun
4.
a stalwart person, esp a supporter
Derived Forms
stalwartly, adverb
stalwartness, noun
Word Origin
Old English stǣlwirthe serviceable, from stǣl, shortened from stathol support + wiertheworth1
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Word Origin and History for stalwart
adj.

late 14c., Scottish variant of Old English stælwierðe "good, serviceable," probably a contracted compound of staðol "foundation, support" (from Proto-Germanic *stathlaz, from PIE root *sta- "to stand, set down, make or be firm;" see stet) + wierðe "good, excellent, worthy" (see worth). Another theory traces the first element of stælwierðe to Old English stæl "place," from Proto-Germanic *stælaz. In U.S. political history, applied 1877 by Blaine to Republicans who refused to give up their hostility to and distrust of the South.

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