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sturdy2

[stur-dee] /ˈstɜr di/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
gid.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; noun use of sturdy1 in obsolete sense “giddy”
Related forms
sturdied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sturdied

sturdy1

/ˈstɜːdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
healthy, strong, and vigorous
2.
strongly built; stalwart
Derived Forms
sturdily, adverb
sturdiness, noun
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: rash, harsh): from Old French estordi dazed, from estordir to stun, perhaps ultimately related to Latin turdus a thrush (taken as representing drunkenness)

sturdy2

/ˈstɜːdɪ/
noun
1.
(vet science) another name for staggers, gid
Derived Forms
sturdied, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from sturdy1 (in the obsolete sense: giddy)
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Word Origin and History for sturdied

sturdy

adj.

c.1300, "hard to manage, reckless, violent," from Old French estourdi "violent," originally "dazed," past participle of estourdir "to daze," from Vulgar Latin *exturdire, which is presumed to be from Latin intensive prefix ex + turdus "thrush." Perhaps the notion is of thrushes eating leftover grapes at wineries and acting drunk (Italian tordo "thrush" also means "simpleton," and French has the expression soûl comme une grive "drunk as a thrush"). OED, however, regards all this as "open to grave objection." Sense of "solidly built, strong and hardy" first recorded late 14c.

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