\ 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

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Other Words from stout


stoutish \ ˈstau̇-​tish How to pronounce stout (audio) \ adjective
stoutly adverb
stoutness noun

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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 Before that, the Jazz used a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to erase a double-digit Lakers lead, five turnovers helping the Jazz offense get into transition for easy offense against the Lakers’ stout half-court defense. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers beat Jazz in overtime battle of attrition," 17 Apr. 2021 Neither team broke through what was a stout defense by both teams. Edwin Perez, The Arizona Republic, "Campo Verde takes 5A girls soccer title in tight match over Casteel," 20 Mar. 2021 With a stout defense and offense that cruised through district play, watch for South Oak Cliff to potentially make a regional semifinal matchup against Aledo. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "2020 UIL high school football playoff 6A, 5A predictions: Best first-round matchups, dark horses and regional winners," 8 Dec. 2020 Sure, the defense has been stout, but plenty of those misses were uncontested shots. oregonlive, "3 Pac-12 teams in Elite Eight, OSU’s unprecedented ride, UCLA’s big chance and USC’s upset in the making: Analysis," 29 Mar. 2021 The Hawks’ defense was stout throughout, allowing only one shot on goal. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "High-scoring offense leads Centennial boys past Oakland Mills | Howard County soccer roundup," 9 Mar. 2021 Corey Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards and 12 touchdowns in support, and the defense again was stout. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Chiefs trying for first Super Bowl repeat win in 16 years," 28 Jan. 2021 Nonetheless, Florida’s high-scoring offense against Georgia’s usually stout defense is the matchup to watch in a rivalry that likely will determine the Southeastern Conference East Division. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Florida-Georgia live stream (11/7): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 7 Nov. 2020 Nonetheless, Florida’s high-scoring offense against Georgia’s usually stout defense is the matchup to watch in a rivalry that likely will determine the Southeastern Conference East Division. Mark Long,, "Play of QB Trask gives No. 8 Florida hope vs No. 5 Georgia," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It quickly became known for its flagship Live Wire IPA and Devil Dog oatmeal stout. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Eastern Market Brewing Co. plans Royal Oak expansion, including new taproom by end of 2021," 5 May 2021 Its long, stout blades, spinning at 8,000 revolutions per minute, are like mini Samurai swords. Mark Synnott, Wired, "Here’s What It Takes to Fly a Drone on Mount Everest," 13 Apr. 2021 Some special fall seasonal beers, including a Belgian Quadruple, will be rolled out soon as Rollertown begins aging some of its already decadent War Daddy stout in whisky barrels from nearby Balcones Distilling. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Rollertown Beerworks in Celina keeps rolling through the COVID challenges," 19 Oct. 2020 There’s a citrus backbone to each of the first three whiskeys, which taste lighter and brighter than something made with, say, a stout or a brown ale. Globe Staff,, "Berkshire Mountain Distillers turned regional beers into unique whiskeys," 16 Mar. 2021 Similar to a sensory-tricking golden stout, the look is lighter, even though the taste is all dark. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Winter warmers: 10 comforting seasonal beers from North Texas breweries," 16 Dec. 2020 The expansion Washington Senators that had replaced Calvin's Senators in D.C., winning 5-3 behind stout pitching from Joe McClain. Star Tribune, "Home opener illustrates how much baseball has changed since Twins' 1961 debut," 8 Apr. 2021 And if that sugar is Fox’s pineapple chipotle syrup or Whitlow’s blackberry stout reduction, by all means, bring it on. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shrubs, syrups ... and French bread? Take a look at 6 unique spins on mint juleps," 8 Apr. 2021 Junior quarterback Darryl Overstreet threw four touchdown passes against the Sequoits’ stout defense. Bob Narang,, "Football notes: Gavin Calabrese scored six TDs for Antioch last season. Moved to defense, the senior ‘was a little scared at first.’ He embraces it now.," 22 Mar. 2021

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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