\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pair it with a homemade sauce, like honey butter or buttermilk ranch, and an ice-cold beer — BirdHouse has a stout selection from local breweries. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 19 May 2020 The stubby wagon shape is stout-looking—an important attribute these days for an SUV newcomer. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1998 Lexus RX300," 14 May 2020 Somewhat undersized with limited frame, but athletically built and stout in lower body relative to position. oregonlive, "Deuce Harmon, Texas 4-star cornerback, places Oregon Ducks in top 7," 8 May 2020 However, a perfect combination of northerly winds, nearby sea ice and a stout snowpack worked together to push Utqiagvik's Wednesday low temperature down into record territory. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik just recorded its first record low temperature in 13 years," 1 May 2020 The perfect addition to take this bittersweet dessert into cocktail territory is one ounce of a rich, dark rum (though variations with whiskey and even stout are out there). Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Italian Cocktails You Can Make at Home," 27 Apr. 2020 There is a recoil reducer in the buttstock, taking more of the sting out of stout recoiling buckshot loads. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 Possibly this is new, with the stout little colour-blocks lining up untouched, full of possibility. The Economist, "Different strokes To see the world as it really is, try painting it in watercolours," 22 Apr. 2020 These include Kilmainham Gaol, a museum housed in a former prison for political prisoners (visits are by guided tour only), and the Guinness Storehouse, birthplace of Ireland's famous stout beer. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Going to Ireland in 2020? Here's what you need to know before you go," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guinness The milk stout is made with specialty malts that result in caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors to round out the beer. John Kell, Fortune, "The U.S. Guinness Brewery Just Unveiled Its First National Beer," 26 Sep. 2019 Afterwards, head to ChurchKey, where double IPAs, crushable pilsners and barrel-aged stouts with vanilla and coconut are all on tap, beginning at noon. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 25 July 2019 Gross-Matos played three seasons for James Franklin, racking up 19 sacks while being stout against the run. Newy Scruggs, Dallas News, "Newy Scruggs’ 2020 NFL mock draft: Multiple trades, Tua Tagovailoa slips, and a defender for Dallas," 23 Apr. 2020 Love in the Tub, a peanut butter mocha pie stout, will help fund the Taft's Team Relief Fund, which was created to assist current out-of-work Taft's employees. Sarah Brookbank,, "New Taft's Love in the Tub beer to benefit out-of-work employees," 22 Apr. 2020 From Pile of Face, an American IPA to Bo & Luke, an imperial smoked rye stout aged in bourbon barrels, there are numerous options. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Bottoms up! Here's how to order curbside to-go beer from 10+ Louisville area breweries," 15 Apr. 2020 This popular stout brings notes of chocolate and coffee, but is also complex with a chewy caramel. oregonlive, "Weekend’s here: These 10 beers from Portland breweries can be delivered to your home," 10 Apr. 2020 Their Eliot Ness is a prototypical amber, maltier than a lager, but not as stout as, well, a stout. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers spring training is on. Here are the beers you need to survive the season," 11 Feb. 2020 While a real Irishman's beer is a dark stout like Guinness, this recipe works best on light beers, such as a Pilsner, American lager, or pale ale. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "How to Make Green Beer for Your St. Patrick's Day Party," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of stout was in the 14th century

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“Stout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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