dally, dillydally, dawdle, linger, lag, loiter, poke along, Both Inf. drag one's feet, footdrag; beat around the bush, skirt or evade the issue, hem and haw, haw, mutter, mumble, hum, Inf. give [s.o.] the run-around, Scot. and North Eng. haver, Brit. Dial, mammer; play for or gain time, kill time, eat up or consume time, use up time, waste time, U.S. filibuster, Brit, stonewall; stave off, put or hold off, keep busy or occupied, send on a wild-goose chase. stalwart, adj. 1. stout, sturdy, rugged, hefty, husky, burly, Scot. and North Eng. stiff, solid, iron, Inf. tough as nails, Inf. hard as rock; able-bodied, able, athletic, sinewy, well-knit; muscular, muscled, wellmuscled, full-muscled, brawny, strapping, broadshouldered, powerfully built, Derog. musclebound, herculean; powerful, mighty, Literary, puissant.
2. robust, vigorous, full of vigor, hearty, hale, hale and hearty, hardy, lusty, strong and healthy, bursting with health or vigor; sound, healthy, in good health, fit, physically fit, in fine fettle, in good condition, Inf. in good shape, Inf in shape.
3. brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, intrepid, indomitable, heroic, manly, manful, brave and strong, Archaic, stalworth; stout-hearted, lionhearted, iron-hearted, great-hearted, strong-willed; bold, daring, audacious, adventurous, fearless, aweless, dauntless, dreadless; mettlesome, gritty, plucky, game, spirited, red-blooded, defiant, Inf. spunky.
4. firm, steadfast, staunch, tenacious; uncompromising, unyielding, inexorable, intransigent; resolute, resolved, determined, decided, settled, fixed; unflinching, unswerving, unwavering, undeviating, unshrinking, unbending, unfaltering, unhesitating; persevering, pertinacious, relentless, implacable, stubborn, indefatigable, tireless, persistent, unflagging, unwearied, enduring, staminal; true, faithful, constant, steady, stable, unshaken, undaunted.
-n. 5. hero, heroine, paladin, valliant, gallant, good soldier, trouper, a man; strong man, tower or pillar of strength.
6. support, supporter, mainstay, maintainer, sustain-er, upholder, Inf. stand-by, Inf. old faithful or reliable; regular, loyalist, partisan, party man, party member, party faithful. stamina, n. endurance, staying power, Inf. stick-to-it-iveness, Inf. stick-at-it-iveness; fortitude, intestinal fortitude, inner strength, Sl. guts, Sl. gutsiness; courage, pluck, spirit, mettle, U.S. Inf. sand; vigor, vitality, energy, Inf. steam, Inf. starch, Inf. punch, Inf. kick, Inf. zip; resistance, health, soundness, staunchness, lustiness, heartiness, vigorousness, robustness, haleness, fitness, able-bodiedness; strength, might, power, Literary, puissance, force, Archaic, pith; sturdiness, stalwartness, ruggedness, toughness, steeliness. stammer, v. 1. stutter; pause, hesitate, falter, stumble, speak haltingly; mutter, mumble.
-n. 2. stutter, speech impediment; stuttered utterance. stamp, v. 1. (all with the foot) strike, beat, pound, crush, mash, squash, Dial, squish; step on, Inf. stomp, tread on, tramp on, trample.
2. Usu. stamp out put out, extinguish, snuff out, kill; suppress, subdue, quell, quash, put down, squelch, scotch, repress, Inf. put the kibosh on, nip in the bud; eliminate, abolish, get rid of, terminate, put an end to, dissolve; annihilate, exterminate, extirpate, eradicate, obliterate.
3. grind, crush, crunch, mortar, comminute, triturate, levigate, powder, granulate, crumble; pulverize, pound, batter, bray, beat, mash, smash, Sl. smush.
4. imprint, print, engrave, emboss, inscribe; initial, monogram, sign, seal, mark, label.