robust




Use robust to describe a person or thing that is healthy and strong, or strongly built. This adjective also commonly describes food or drink: a robust wine has a rich, strong flavor.

If your school has a robust sports program, it means they offer lots of different kinds of sports and that a lot of kids participate. If you have a robust speaking voice, it means you have a voice that’s deep and loud and strong. Robust is from Latin robustus “of oak, hard, strong,” from robur “oak tree, strength.”

Definitions of robust
  1. adjective

    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction

    “a
    robust body”
    “a
    robust perennial”
    Synonyms:

    rugged

    sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring
    healthy

    having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
    beefy, buirdly, burly, husky, strapping

    muscular and heavily built
    big-boned

    having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh
    big-chested, chesty

    marked by a large or well-developed chest
    big-shouldered, broad-shouldered, square-shouldered

    having broad shoulders
    cast-iron, iron

    extremely robust
    hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdy

    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
    hardy

    able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions
    half-hardy

    (of plants) requiring protection from frost
    heavy-armed

    having massive arms
    square-built

    broad and solidly built
    vigorous

    strong and active physically or mentally
    strong

    having strength or power greater than average or expected
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    Antonyms:

    frail

    physically weak
    delicate

    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
    debile, decrepit, feeble, infirm, rickety, sapless, weak, weakly

    lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality
    light-boned

    having a bone structure that is light with respect to the surrounding flesh
    weak

    wanting in physical strength
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  2. adjective

    strong enough to withstand or overcome intellectual challenges or adversity

    “the experiment yielded
    robust results”
    “a
    robust faith”
    Synonyms:

    strong

    having strength or power greater than average or expected
  3. adjective

    marked by richness and fullness of flavor

    “a
    robust claret”
    “the
    robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee”
    synonyms:
    full-bodied, racy, rich

    tasty

    pleasing to the sense of taste
  4. adjective

    rough and crude

    “a
    robust tale”
    Synonyms:

    unrefined

    (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth

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