1

stout

adjective \ ˈstau̇t \

Definition of stout

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
4 a :bulky in body :fat
b :broad in proportion to length :large in diameter
  • a stout fly
  • a stout bird's bill

stoutish

play \ˈstau̇-tish\ adjective

stoutly

adverb

stoutness

noun

Examples of stout in a Sentence

  1. He has a stout heart.

  2. His lawyer put up a stout defense in court.

Recent Examples of stout from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of stout

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

2

stout

noun

Definition of stout

1 :a very dark full-bodied ale with a distinctive malty flavor
2 a :a fat person
b :a clothing size designed for the large figure

Recent Examples of stout from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of stout

1677

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


STOUT Defined for Kids

stout

adjective \ ˈstau̇t \

Definition of stout for Students

stouter; stoutest
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

stoutly

adverb
  • a stoutly built barn

stoutness

noun


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up stout? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

readily predictable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!