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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stalwart \Stal"wart\ (st[o^]l"w[~e]rt or st[add]l"-; 277), Stalworth \Stal"worth\ (-w[~e]rth), a. [OE. stalworth, AS. staelwyr[eth] serviceable, probably originally, good at stealing, or worth stealing or taking, and afterwards extended to other causes of estimation. See Steal, v. t., Worth, a.] Brave; bold; strong; redoubted; daring; vehement; violent. "A stalwart tiller of the soil." --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster] Fair man he was and wise, stalworth and bold. --R. of Brunne. [1913 Webster] Note: Stalworth is now disused, or but little used, stalwart having taken its place. [1913 Webster]