\ˈstau̇t \

Definition of stout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : strong of character: such as

a : brave, bold

b : firm, determined also : obstinate, uncompromising

2 : physically or materially strong:

a : sturdy, vigorous

b : staunch, enduring

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 \ 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

Those trapped in mining suits when the bombs fell turned into mole miners, stout little creatures that pack a big punch. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Much of it works charmingly, thanks to Mr. Mortensen’s improbable buoyancy: Tony is clearly a stout-hearted guy, as well as a slob and a jerk. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Green Book’ Review: Trying to Get Along," 15 Nov. 2018 Auburn will have a stout defensive front, a touted veteran QB and the advantage of playing close to home. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Ten bold predictions for the UW Huskies 2018 season," 28 Aug. 2018 For the rest of you, look at anything with Hitachino in the name that suits your taste; read about their stout and some other brewers’ options courtesy of Compathy. Bill Zimmerman,, "World Cup 2018: Virtual beer crawl among the knockout-stage teams," 28 June 2018 Picture it as a narrow, stout and sturdy trowel with one edge a smooth blade and the other a serrated surface. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Forego the 'fart card' for Father's Day. Try one of these gifts instead," 15 June 2018 The whiskey would pair well with a stout or porter, which brings out the caramel and dark chocolate. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green-beer-free-zone: Pairing Irish whiskey and a pint of local brew for St. Patrick's Day," 28 Feb. 2018 Long convertible backpack straps and stout leather handles put an end to awkward juggling. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 Charlie Rothkopf and Ocean Parodie are stout linemen that will contribute on offense and defense. David Furones,, "Stoneman Douglas football team looks to honor late coach Aaron Feis in many ways," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another is that ginger cake recipes rarely called for stout before Fleming’s adaptation took hold. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, " writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 With this variation on Flemish carbonnade, beer would be a natural selection: a Belgian ale, a brown ale, or a dry stout or porter. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Beef and Onions, Made Better With Beer," 26 Jan. 2018 The upstarts sell everything from standard stouts, sours and pale ales to coconut curry wheat beer, avocado honey ale and beard beer, made with yeast brushed from a brewmaster’s whiskers. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Beer Makers’ Steps to Mitigate Climate Change Might Not Be Enough, Study Shows," 15 Oct. 2018 Beer lovers will love exploring the selection of the local small-batch brews on tap and by the bottle, from solid stouts like Le Puck to sour creations like the Blue Bell by La Souche. Isa Tousignant, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Montreal," 17 Aug. 2018 Its parent company AB InBev has purchased a portfolio of craft breweries over the last seven years, including Goose Island Beer Co., which has a large consumer following for its barrel-aged Bourbon County Brand stouts. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018 The Founders release that gets the most attention, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (12.3% ABV), is a bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout made with chocolate and coffee. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Founders debuts year-round beer aged in bourbon barrels," 5 Apr. 2018 This weekend, Revolution launches Deth’s Tar, a seasonal, barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout that’s ideal for the cooling fall air. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 18 Nov. 2017 The brewery's American stout is rich, creamy and mild, with a 6.5 percent ABV and characteristic sweet and chocolatey notes. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Parker County hadn't had a brewery since 1879. Then one opened this year," 26 June 2018

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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

: brave and strong



English Language Learners Definition of stout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very dark, heavy beer


\ˈstau̇t \
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
stoutness noun

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