\ 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

With its green foil lid and stout container, this sweet, banana-flavored milk is instantly recognizable, its silhouette designed to resemble traditional onggi jars. Dami Lee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019 With its green foil lid and stout container, this sweet, banana-flavored milk is instantly recognizable, its silhouette designed to resemble traditional onggi jars. Dami Lee,, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019 UW’s Kelly Burdick had a two-out single, but the Seminoles were able to remain stout defensively to secure the win. Safid Deen,, "Florida State beats Washington 1-0, takes Game 1 of Women's College World Series," 5 June 2018 The defense should remain stout despite co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett’s decision to join new Florida State head coach Willie Taggart’s staff. Chris Johnson,, "Post-Spring Top 25: Resetting the Pecking Order at the Offseason's Midpoint," 10 May 2018 The tent shudders on its stout poles and the tent fabric strains at its triple-sewn seams, seething and popping. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 Two games into the season, the Mets have produced two wins with stout pitching and solid hitting, but a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday also produced the Mets’ first injury exit of 2018. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Beat the Cardinals Again as Jacob DeGrom Settles In," 31 Mar. 2018 The warthog is stout and powerful and has a face-full of tusks, after all. Terry Demio,, "When playing with the zoo animals isn't really play," 30 May 2019 Judging by the stout defence that Mexico displayed as the game progressed, Osorio's players took heed of his message., "Mexico Boss Juan Carlos Osorio is Building Back the Trust of El Tri's Fans," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hofmann, whose TEOTWAWKI Imperial Brown Ale medaled at the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers in Chicago not long ago, plans to have four approachable beers on tap: a stout, a golden ale, an India Pale Ale and an amber. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sahale Ale Works brewery and taproom will open in Grafton on July 20," 8 July 2019 In June, the brewery released two more beers made with Kellogg’s cereals: a pale ale from Rice Krispies and a dark stout that owes its chocolate flavor to Coco Pops. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 3 July 2019 New Holland's Dragon's Milk, a year-round bourbon barrel-aged stout, finished tied for No. 16. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Bell's Two Hearted Ale named best beer in America — again," 19 June 2019 Though the brewery now markets a number of different beers, its rich, dark, original stout is what made its reputation. 24. Colman Andrews, azcentral, "What are the biggest beer brands in America? Here's the top 31," 19 June 2019 Prairie Artisan Ales in Krebs, Okla., is holding about $500,000 worth of Oh! Fudge, a new chocolate stout made with brownies, according to owner Zach Prichard. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Where Did All the Craft Beer Go? Government Shutdown Closes Tap on New Brews," 11 Jan. 2019 Visitors at the festival in Reno could sample a peanut butter and pickle pilsner, a tamale lager and a smoked carrot stout. Dee-ann Durbin, The Denver Post, "As craft beer market grows, so do wild flavors like Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout," 5 June 2019 The bar’s 2016 and 2017 vintages of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout and Half Acre’s Big Hugs imperial coffee stout will be tapped Saturday as a last Illinois Craft Beer Week hurrah. Josh Noel,, "After 39 years, Quenchers Saloon readies to close its doors," 17 May 2018 Breweries are scattered throughout the city in every geographic direction, serving up the standard IPAs, lagers, pilsners, stouts and everything in between. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s top 5 breweries," 4 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
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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