\ ˈstau̇t How to pronounce stout (audio) \

Definition of stout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : strong of character: such as
a : brave, bold
2 : physically or materially strong:
c : sturdily constructed : substantial
3 : forceful a stout attack also : violent a stout wind
4a : bulky in body : fat
b : broad in proportion to length : large in diameter a stout fly a stout bird's bill



Definition of stout (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a very dark full-bodied ale with a distinctive malty flavor
2a : a fat person
b : a clothing size designed for the large figure

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Other Words from stout


stoutish \ ˈstau̇-​tish How to pronounce stoutish (audio) \ adjective
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Examples of stout in a Sentence

Adjective He has a stout heart. His lawyer put up a stout defense in court.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Both defenses are stout, the 49ers’ may even have the edge with their secondary. Charles Hollis, al, "We’ll watch the commercials, and Chiefs winning," 31 Jan. 2020 On a team loaded with athletes, Connelly leads the way and despite his smallish size for a running back, his shoulders are stout. Chris Hays,, "Jaquan Lowman, Isaiah Connelly and Avarius Sparrow power Orlando area teams to state finals," 8 Dec. 2019 Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow likely is confronting his toughest test against an Auburn defense that is stout upfront. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports College football staff picks for Week 9," 24 Oct. 2019 Kepa Arrizabalaga: Kepa and the Chelsea defence haven't exactly been stout thus far, conceding 14 on their way to the fourth-worst defensive record in the division., "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 9," 18 Oct. 2019 The Sea Kings’ defense also was stout, earning three interceptions, including two by junior cornerback Ryder Haupt and a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior free safety Zack Green. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Corona del Mar football routs Edison, stays undefeated," 11 Oct. 2019 Marcel Yates’ defense has been stout in recent weeks, but this challenge is more daunting than either Texas Tech or UCLA. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football picks: Washington’s back-to-back trips to turbulent waters," 5 Oct. 2019 Buffalo’s defense is stout, but don’t bet against Tom Brady here. Los Angeles Times, "Sam Farmer’s NFL picks for Week 4," 27 Sep. 2019 Led by their stout defense, the 49ers beat the Packers, 37-20, to win the NFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Feb 2. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "San Francisco 49ers to Face Chiefs in Super Bowl After Overcoming Packers," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is an absolute embarrassment of beer riches here, and that includes lagers and pilsners and crushable milk stouts and porters that taste like anything from coffee to peanut butter to Neapolitan ice cream. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Here are 5 Michigan craft beers to crush at your Super Bowl party," 26 Jan. 2020 In addition, the brewery offers a rotating selection of pilsners, lagers, pale ales, stouts, and more. al, "Birmingham Food: new restaurants, breweries, and wine shops," 7 Jan. 2020 Here’s what to expect from Cruz Blanca’s 2019 Luchador series — three stouts and three nonstouts — which will be available at Cruz Blanca in 500-milliliter bottles and on draft throughout the weekend and perhaps beyond. Josh Noel,, "Purple ‘blonde’ beer? Cruz Blanca renews playful approach to barrel-aged series, to be released Saturday," 1 Nov. 2019 More sought-after suds arrived in the following days — fruited sours, barrel-aged stouts and juicy IPAs. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Fed up with tight regulations, Anchorage Brewing invests in full-service bar license," 26 Oct. 2019 About three dozen people gathered in the back room earlier in October to sample hoppy pale ales and blends of stouts and porters., "It was a reach across the generational divide.," 14 Oct. 2019 The beer and food lineup changes frequently, with 20 beer taps and 3 nitro lines offering a rotating cast of beers, ales and stouts. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Good pizza and creative beer at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach," 5 Sep. 2019 Creating notable craft brews, including an oatmeal stout and a Brut IPA, this Hood River brewery and taproom is also known for its tasty pizza. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 This week: Sweater Weather The Fermentorium, Cedarburg, Wis. Sweater Weather is an imperial milk stout with vanilla. Todd Haefer, The (appleton, USA TODAY, "Beer Man: Sweater Weather imperial milk stout will tantalize taste buds," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stout


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Stout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thick and strong
: having a large body that is wide with fat or muscles
literary : brave and strong



English Language Learners Definition of stout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very dark, heavy beer


\ ˈstau̇t How to pronounce stout (audio) \
stouter; stoutest

Kids Definition of stout

1 : of strong character : brave, determined a stout general
2 : of a strong or lasting sort : sturdy, tough stout timbers stout boots
3 : having a large body with much fat a stout gentleman
4 : wide and usually thick a stout bill

Other Words from stout

stoutly adverb a stoutly built barn

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