adjective \ˈstat\

: thick and strong

: having a large body that is wide with fat or muscles

: brave and strong

Full Definition of STOUT

:  strong of character: as
a :  brave, bold
b :  firm, determined; also :  obstinate, uncompromising
:  physically or materially strong:
a :  sturdy, vigorous
b :  staunch, enduring
c :  sturdily constructed :  substantial
:  forceful <a stout attack>; also :  violent <a stout wind>
:  bulky in body :  fat
stout·ish \ˈsta-tish\ adjective
stout·ly adverb
stout·ness noun

Examples of STOUT

  1. He has a stout heart.
  2. His lawyer put up a stout defense in court.

Origin of STOUT

Middle English, from Anglo-French estut, estout, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German stolz proud; perhaps akin to Old High German stelza stilt — more at stilt
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of STOUT

strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources <strong arms> <the defense has a strong case>. stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way <stout hiking boots>. sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction <a sturdy table> <people of sturdy independence>. stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability <stalwart environmentalists>. tough implies great firmness and resiliency <a tough political opponent>. tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together <tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life>.



: a very dark, heavy beer

Full Definition of STOUT

:  a very dark full-bodied ale with a distinctive malty flavor
a :  a fat person
b :  a clothing size designed for the large figure

First Known Use of STOUT


Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail
STOUT Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈstat\

Definition of STOUT for Kids

:  of strong character :  brave, determined <a stout general>
:  of a strong or lasting sort :  sturdy, tough <stout timbers> <stout boots>
:  having a large body with much fat <a stout gentleman>
:  wide and usually thick <a stout bill>
stout·ly adverb <a stoutly built barn>
stout·ness noun


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