\ 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

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 warthog is stout and powerful and has a face-full of tusks, after all. Terry Demio,, "When playing with the zoo animals isn't really play," 30 May 2019 Judging by the stout defence that Mexico displayed as the game progressed, Osorio's players took heed of his message., "Mexico Boss Juan Carlos Osorio is Building Back the Trust of El Tri's Fans," 19 June 2018 West Virginia: Considering the recent depletion of their roster, the Mountaineers put up a pretty good fight against the stout Wildcats, not caving until midway through the second half. John Lowe, The Seattle Times, "No. 23 Kansas State beats West Virginia to keep Big 12 lead," 18 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Visitors at the festival in Reno could sample a peanut butter and pickle pilsner, a tamale lager and a smoked carrot stout. Dee-ann Durbin, The Denver Post, "As craft beer market grows, so do wild flavors like Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout," 5 June 2019 The bar’s 2016 and 2017 vintages of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and Half Acre’s Big Hugs imperial coffee stout will be tapped Saturday as a last Illinois Craft Beer Week hurrah. Josh Noel,, "After 39 years, Quenchers Saloon readies to close its doors," 17 May 2018 Breweries are scattered throughout the city in every geographic direction, serving up the standard IPAs, lagers, pilsners, stouts and everything in between. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s top 5 breweries," 4 June 2018 Stick around for a special tapping of Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast stout and a hat contest. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "15 Kentucky Derby specials and events in Chicago," 3 May 2017 The Hatchback is an agreeably stout but by no means unshakable structure (curb weight 3,060 pounds). Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019 Santa Fe Brewing’s Imperial Java Stout is an 8 percent ABV mouthful of stout and mocha flavors. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Wake up and smell the coffee beer!," 22 Feb. 2018 Dubbed Beer for Breakfast, the 7.4 percent ABV stout is brewed with a local delicacy known as scrapple. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "This Beer Is Basically an Entire Brunch In a Bottle," 31 Oct. 2016 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

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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 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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showing courage and determination

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