\ 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

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.
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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 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stout


\ 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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