\ 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

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 The Milwaukee Brewers' offense continued to struggle Wednesday night but thanks to some stout pitching, one run proved to be enough. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 1, White Sox 0: Offense just does enough to put an end to Chicago's winning streak," 5 Aug. 2020 In July 2019, a stout Irishman named Shane Lowry lifted the Claret Jug as the winner of the 2019 British Open. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Golf’s Majors Are Back With the PGA Championship," 5 Aug. 2020 Recoil is more stout, the sights are extremely limited, and ergonomics leave much to be desired. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "9mm vs. .380 Auto vs. .38 Special: Which Concealed Carry Cartridge is the Best?," 30 July 2020 Securely support a long, stout pole between two trees. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020 Their small, stout bodies are similar to hedgehogs, hence their name. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo welcome three baby hedgehog tenrecs," 9 July 2020 Etsy creator GreatFindsCrafts offers a similar stout witch hat in black. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "15 outfits from Animal Crossing you can wear in real life," 22 June 2020 Weathered Souls provides participating breweries with a downloadable recipe for the stout base. Matt Wake |, al, "Black is Beautiful for these Huntsville breweries," 12 June 2020 Rome’s walls were stout, and had recently been reinforced; an accomplice on the inside may have opened the gates. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Currently, the stout is only carried at the brewery, located at 606 Embassy Oaks. Vincent T. Davis,, "Local brewery’s donation supports 100 Black Men of San Antonio campaign for police reform and youth build program," 2 Aug. 2020 At 6-foot-8 and stout, Bey has a good physical frame and is known as a versatile, switchable defender. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Five prospects Denver might target in upcoming NBA draft," 11 Apr. 2020 The Houston Chronicle reported in June that more than 600 breweries in all 50 states and in 13 countries have joined the initiative, each producing a stout whose proceeds will raise funds for organizations that support people of color. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Urban South HTX donating all proceeds from 'Black is Beautiful' beer to Black Lives Matter: Houston," 9 July 2020 Yellowhammer’s first batch of Black is Beautiful stout is 15 barrels, which should yield around 450 gallons of beer. Matt Wake |, al, "Black is Beautiful for these Huntsville breweries," 12 June 2020 Is Beautiful stout, the centerpiece of a national initiative to bring awareness to equality issues and raise funds to support police reform and legal defenses. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He created the Black Is Beautiful beer initiative. Here's what he hopes happens next.," 2 July 2020 The beer: Grainworks Old Ghosts, a milk stout with hazelnut, chocolate and caramel. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, "Let's experiment with beer floats, because why not?," 2 July 2020 The initial tap list also includes a chocolate oatmeal stout and IPAs of the West Coast and New England varieties. Matt Koesters,, "Sharonville's first craft brewery, Third Eye Brewing Company, opens Wednesday," 16 June 2020 The stout will only be available in the taproom, but Ghost Train is also looking into getting the beer canned. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Ghost Train to release stout as part of “Black is Beautiful” brewing collaboration," 6 June 2020

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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 11 Aug. 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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