stout

1 of 2

adjective

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
4
a
: bulky in body : fat
b
: broad in proportion to length : large in diameter
a stout fly
a stout bird's bill
stoutish adjective
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

stout

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noun

1
: a very dark, full-bodied ale with a distinctive malty flavor that is typically brewed with unmalted roasted barley
Stout is a darker, heavily hopped ale that has a creamy head in the glass …Anthony Dias Blue
2
a
: a fat person
b
: a clothing size designed for the large figure
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
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Noun
The brewer comes with two smart kegs, allowing users to make pro-quality pale ales, lagers and stouts. Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 This method is best used for high gravity beers like pastry stouts, doppelbocks, and winter ales. Griffin Sweet, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 Luckily, beverages that contain caffeine are usually easy to spot based on their names or menu descriptions: a coffee stout or cold-brew IPA, for example. Jillian Kramer, Glamour, 30 Aug. 2023 Grab a can of chilled Guinness, decant it into a pint glass, then pour champagne over the back of a spoon into your stout. Gia Yetikyel, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2023 The reputation of the world’s foremost Irish dry stout turned recordkeeper was on the line here. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 2 Dec. 2023 The menu includes Irish favorites, from fish and chips and lamb shoulder braised in Irish stout to treacle brown bread. Wendy O’Dea, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 There was still no shortage of options to choose from as the brewery generally offers around 18 beers on tap in styles that include Kölsch, IPA, light lagers and coffee stouts. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2023 Scoop vanilla ice cream into your glass, then pour on the fudge sauce and chocolate stout. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stout was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stout. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stout

1 of 2 adjective
1
: strong of character : brave, bold
2
: physically or materially strong : sturdy, vigorous
3
: forceful
a stout attack
4
: bulky in body : overweight
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

stout

2 of 2 noun
: a dark heavy beer

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