\ 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

Alabama defense looks stout There were, understandably, a lot of concerns about how Alabama’s defense would look in Week 1 without All-American linebacker Dylan Moses. John Talty |, al, "The SEC’s shaky Saturday overshadows big wins," 1 Sep. 2019 That’s back-to-back games of under 100 yards rushing for Oregon, albeit against particularly stout run defenses in Michigan State and Auburn, and four of the last eight dating back to last season. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Statistically speaking: Oregon’s abandoned run game speaks even louder on paper after stunning loss to Auburn," 1 Sep. 2019 That, of course, is easier said than done — even with Sneed and first-team All-Conference USA cornerback Amik Robertson headlining a stout secondary. Nick Moyle,, "Texas keeping focus inward ahead of season opener," 30 Aug. 2019 An incredibly stout defense kept them in most games, and the Spartans nearly escaped with a bowl win before losing 7-6 to Oregon in the Redbox Bowl., "Tulsa vs. Michigan State Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Game Time," 30 Aug. 2019 Another African vulture at the Safari Park, the palm-nut vulture, can be mistaken for a kind of fishing eagle, with its stout neck and white-and-black coloration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Devoted parents, they purify the environment: Meet the vultures," 30 Aug. 2019 Warning: This story contains an image depicting animal death (CNN)The mysterious death of 45 Australian wallabies in one week has sparked fears of a mass poisoning of the animals, which look like small, stout kangaroos with shorter legs. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Foul play feared as 45 Australian wallabies die in one week," 27 Aug. 2019 Imagine the scrutiny that surely will come, however, if the Cardinals can’t take flight at all against a very stout Vikings' defense. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals don't plan to change anything offensively even as criticism mounts," 23 Aug. 2019 Three days after the Yankees failed to complete a trade to upgrade their leaky rotation, German spun seven stout innings — the longest by a Yankees starting pitcher since C.C. Sabathia’s seven innings on July 6. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Continue to Add to the Red Sox’ Frustrations," 3 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The full lineup of craft beers, ranging from IPAs and lagers to stouts, are offered at the new facility. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Where to celebrate National Waffle Day in San Diego," 22 Aug. 2019 Eleventh Hour Brewing Company is among the best, offering a sublime nitro stout and a range of other brews. Craving a late-night snack? Melissa Rayworth, USA TODAY, "Pittsburgh's transformed dining scene is the place to be and eat," 21 Aug. 2019 Eleventh Hour Brewing Company is among the best, offering a sublime nitro stout and a range of other brews. Washington Post, "Lots to sample on a weekend visit to Pittsburgh dining scene," 19 Aug. 2019 The Big North is the brewery’s annual celebration of itself, pouring 50 or so beers across five hours, ranging from easy drinking, to boozy stouts to tart wild ales to the pale ales and IPAs for which Half Acre is so well known. Joe Gray,, "A Tiki party pig roast, a celebration of Mexican cuisine, a cult veal parm sandwich, and more at Food Bowl," 16 Aug. 2019 This is the time of year when big, dark and caramely stouts and porters go into hibernation and yield the hot months to their light, crisp and citrusy counterparts. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "10 Arizona-made beers you need to be drinking this summer," 18 July 2019 Squatters Pub The gigantic Squatters Pub Brewery, opened in 1989, serves lunch, dinner and drinks, including a full selection of IPAs, citrusy ales and a formidable Russian imperial stout with 10.5% ABV. James Charisma, Los Angeles Times, "A guide to Salt Lake City’s burgeoning bar scene," 3 Aug. 2019 Attendees will also get the chance to be the first to taste a new exclusive stout brewed for the Irish Fair by Minneapolis brewery Finnegans Brew Co. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s own live hip-hop band Heiruspecs set to play two free outdoor concerts," 5 July 2019 What to drink: Many enjoy McMenamins’ classics, the Hammerhead ale, the Terminator stout, and the Ruby, a fruit-forward but light raspberry ale. Andre Meunier,, "McMenamins, Oregon’s 1st brewpub, a pioneer still going its own way: Portland Breweries Series," 28 June 2019

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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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