stout·​heart·​ed | \ ˈstau̇t-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce stouthearted (audio) \

Definition of stouthearted

: having a stout heart or spirit:
b : stubborn

Other Words from stouthearted

stoutheartedly adverb
stoutheartedness noun

Examples of stouthearted in a Sentence

stouthearted men and women who served in the army medical corps
Recent Examples on the Web Much like the valiant former Roman general Maximus of Gladiator or the stouthearted Crusader Balian of Kingdom of Heaven, Jean proudly charges into battle, sword in hand, hacking at the enemy with no regard for his own life. David Sims, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2021 Ernaux, who is seventy-nine years old, is not well known outside of France, but in her native country she is considered something of a literary lioness, for her stouthearted willingness to mine material from her own life. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2020 Just a few days after airline passengers witnessed another inspiring example of the stouthearted professionals trained by the U.S. military, along comes an everyday hero who says his only combat training is wrestling his daughter to bed. James Freeman, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2018 Of course the musketeers and d’Artagnan, who dreams of becoming one of them, also have their share of gentlemanly and stouthearted qualities, but Dumas is more interested in using their shortcomings to propel his plot. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of stouthearted

1552, in the meaning defined above

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“Stouthearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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