\ ˈstau̇t \

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 \ adjective
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for stout

Synonyms: Adjective

cast-iron, hard, hard-bitten, hardened, hardy, inured, rugged, strong, sturdy, tough, toughened, vigorous

Antonyms: Adjective

delicate, nonhardy, soft, tender, weak

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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

The two teams swapped big plays early, something of a surprise with the two stout defenses on the field. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019 Before long, the Chicago White Sox had scored three runs against Milwaukee's normally stout bullpen in the sixth and the Brewers went on to drop the opening game in the teams' weekend interleague series, 8-3, at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A frustrating night for Chase Anderson and the Brewers," 2 June 2018 Around Prospect Avenue, however, where public housing built in an eccentric neo-Tudor style nestles alongside Dominican bakeries, and stout women stand on the pavement selling books about God’s grace, most people have an opinion on the president. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 The defense was stout was last season, ranking second in the NFL in total defense. Scooby Axson,, "Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Draft Picks: 2018 Round-by-Round Results, Grades," 26 Apr. 2018 Though the gadgets are still in their infancy, the companies making them have more or less coalesced around an agreed upon look of small, cylindrical, and stout. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 Those trapped in mining suits when the bombs fell turned into mole miners, stout little creatures that pack a big punch. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Much of it works charmingly, thanks to Mr. Mortensen’s improbable buoyancy: Tony is clearly a stout-hearted guy, as well as a slob and a jerk. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Green Book’ Review: Trying to Get Along," 15 Nov. 2018 Auburn will have a stout defensive front, a touted veteran QB and the advantage of playing close to home. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Ten bold predictions for the UW Huskies 2018 season," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The HomeBrew will have five beers available: an American IPA, an American pale ale, an English stout, a Belgian-style Witbier, and a dry Czech pilsner. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month," 11 Dec. 2018 Heading back to the 1920s to celebrate The Fix, a dark imperial stout, chocolate sampling, hot dogs, 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Elysian Brewing Taproom, 5410 Airport Way S., Seattle (206-900-7973). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 The beer is inventive and the taps ever-changing, whether a prickly pear saison in springtime, or a smoked pumpkin porter and a bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal stout in the cooler months. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Bars in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Refrigerate the mixture for an hour (have some of the leftover stout in the meantime!). ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 But getting a perfect pour of the traditional Guinness stout served straight from the factory will still require an overseas trip. Ronnie Crocker, Houston Chronicle, "Vacation planner: Guinness readies U.S. brewery for August opening," 3 July 2018 The tone evokes a cheeky Oxford professor regaling us over a pint of stout in the pub, and Forsyth revels in his Britishisms as much as any P. G. Wodehouse character. New York Times, "Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages," 30 May 2018 The brewery will tap a keg of the barrel-aged Mystic Knot Irish-style coffee stout. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, from street parties to green wings," 13 Mar. 2018 Another is that ginger cake recipes rarely called for stout before Fleming’s adaptation took hold. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 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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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 \
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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