\ 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 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
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 stout (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 Wales was limited to half chances by a stout Danish defense, with Gareth Bale coming closest early in the encounter, but his effort just went wide of the post. Ben Morse, CNN, 26 June 2021 After the loss of the second trunk in the 1880s, Mr. Stanford directed that a stout wall be built to protect the remaining trunk, using logs and railroad ties. New York Times, 26 June 2021 That’s a stout number that probably has been reduced with the addition of high-level campaign staffers. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 25 June 2021 The elongated shape gives off the impression that whatever is inside of the can is lighter, lower in calories, and somehow better for you than your average stout beer can. Hannah Rimm,, 23 June 2021 In Week 3, offensive linemen Ethan Lavin, Kamden Doering and Yosta Asimi did an awesome job of holding down Central Catholic’s stout defensive front. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 Ehlinger will need to be at his best both through the air and on the ground for the Longhorns to effectively move the ball against a stout Kansas State front. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2020 That isn’t likely to change against LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and the stout Fighting Irish front, so BC will need a huge outing from QB Phil Jurkovec. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2020 Its run game struggled to find room against a stout Arizona State front. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The huge rotors and stout calipers, meanwhile, were sourced from a Mustang GT500 and give the Jumpacan plenty of stopping power. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 July 2021 Starting on short rest for the first time in his career in Game 5 against the Rays, Cole struck out nine over five and one-third stout innings. James Wagner, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2020 Tufts’ stout defense, backstopped by Molly Laliberty’s nine saves, held Brittany Halpin and Alyssa Sproule, the Cardinals’ leading scorers, to two goals each., 9 Oct. 2020 No knock on McNeill, who sounds like an athletic-but-stout and savvy run stuffer with sack potential. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021 Abby’s Smoke & Dagger black lager, Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers Belgian quad, and Long Trail’s Unearthed American stout. Globe Staff,, 16 Mar. 2021 Black Is Beautiful started last June as little more than a recipe for a potent imperial stout and an idea: that brewers could make a beer and donate the profits to a charity or organization working toward racial equality. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 Hatmaker did say, though, that some of the team’s struggles on offense is a credit to Marriotts Ridge’s stout and athletic defense, led by goalies Thomas Coakley and Tyler Gladstone. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 19 May 2021 With the shorter stem, Apple can make the case more stout, while the lack of ear tips means the case can be less wide as well. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 May 2021

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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