\ ˈstau̇t \

Definition of stout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : strong of character: such as

a : brave, bold

b : firm, determined also : obstinate, uncompromising

2 : physically or materially strong:

a : sturdy, vigorous

b : staunch, enduring

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 \ adjective
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Long convertible backpack straps and stout leather handles put an end to awkward juggling. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 Charlie Rothkopf and Ocean Parodie are stout linemen that will contribute on offense and defense. David Furones,, "Stoneman Douglas football team looks to honor late coach Aaron Feis in many ways," 30 Apr. 2018 Need stout athletic linemen who can clog rush lanes even when DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are rushing wide off the edges. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 defensive line rankings: Washington's Vita Vea, a 347-pound ex-RB, tops list," 19 Apr. 2018 Arizona: Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama New coach Steve Wilks is coming from Carolina, where a dominant defense was built up the middle with stout interior defensive linemen. Albert Breer,, "NFL Mock Draft Vol. 2: Josh Allen a Giant? The Pre-Combine, Pre-Free Agency Projection," 21 Feb. 2018 England loves soccer and stout yeomen played a rough version of the game on Sundays in the 1300s. John Kass,, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 The stout sexagenarian lives in Sham Shui Po, a seedy, working-class neighborhood where grimy highrises drip AC runoff onto the market stalls, methadone clinics and brothels below. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 For dessert, perhaps a stout float or a deep-fried Fluffernutter? Devra First,, "What it’s like at Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing," 12 July 2018 At the same time, Portugal’s defense, the one that was so stingy during the team’s winning Euro 2016 run, hadn’t looked as stout throughout this tournament. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "For Portugal, It’s All About Ronaldo in Loss to Uruguay in the World Cup," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

South Korea appears to be hoping for stout defending and a fortunate counter. 39’: South Korea’s Counter Attacks South Korea’s only threatening moments have come on counter attacks that find Son Heung-Min. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018 Harton, a veteran of Iron Hill (which just opened its own big new branch in Rehoboth), makes a stellar oyster stout from the calcium-rich shells produced by the raw bar. Craig Laban,, "Sipping Delaware beer coast's colorful sours," 15 June 2018 There’s Easy Like Sunday Morning, an oatmeal stout made with Maine maple syrup, and Spiritus Sancti, a Belgian quad. Gary Dzen,, "Maine brewery harnesses the ocean air to cool and flavor beer," 29 May 2018 And of course, no trip to Dublin is complete without some stout, and the Guinness Storehouse tour is practically a rite of passage for visiting the city. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Brink's Moozie, a sweet stout or cream stout, took home bronze. Mallorie Sullivan,, "See the 4 Cincinnati breweries won medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup," 5 May 2018 Guinness recently brought one of their regionalized products, the Antwerpen stout, to the American market for the first time. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your St. Patrick’s Day guide to Guinness Stouts," 8 Mar. 2018 Draft options include Jai Alai IPA, Cafe Con Leche stout, North South IPA and the 110k from its imperial stout series. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap Tracker: Takeovers from Cigar City, Maplewood brewing and 'Elite 8' rare keg party lead March events," 27 Feb. 2018 Monnik's milk stout, His Dark Materials, has quickly gained a cult following. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Tap in for Louisville Craft Beer Week with these 5 events," 16 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thick and strong

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

: brave and strong



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

: a very dark, heavy beer


\ ˈstau̇t \
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
stoutness noun

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