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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

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 The Warrior defense was stout all night, holding Padua’s Evan Palmer to 47 passing yards. cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 Tongue, whose father Reggie starred at Oregon State as a safety, is stout and is just a few hamburgers short of a tight end. oregonlive, 28 Sep. 2021 Plays with good leverage and fires off the ball, and is stout in ability to disengage. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 New England’s defense was stout, holding its third opponent this season under 20 points. Kyle Hightower,, 4 Oct. 2021 The Patriots defense has been stout, but the offense is just too error-prone, and that’s not going to cut the mustard against Brady. USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 Goalie Angela Neira was stout in goal, tallying 17 saves to shut out the Wildecats’ attack. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 1 Oct. 2021 The Cowboys' offense has been electric under Dak Prescott and even though the Panthers' defense is stout, the Cowboys can hurt you from many different areas. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The Tigers’ defense was stout, forcing McClung into three interceptions, but couldn’t get anything going against the tough Panther defense. Reports, al, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sharpton and New Belgium hope to release the stout nationally in late fall. al, 30 Mar. 2021 Kicking things up a few notches, Windmills’ heaviest beer, the 12.5% ABV Russian imperial stout, is a beautifully silky beer, complete with notes of chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2021 Ben Franklin coach Jose Ferrand credited his defense for holding stout for the full 80 minutes and at least giving the Falcons a chance at a tie. Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer,, 23 Jan. 2021 However, the Bears defensive line played stout, limiting Mixon to just 69 yards on 20 carries. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2021 In Alabama, at least four breweries signed on to brew the project’s stout, including Cahaba Brewing and Ghost Train Brewing Co. in Birmingham and Innerspace Brewing, Yellowhammer Brewing and Straight to Ale in Huntsville. al, 22 Mar. 2021 While the Chicago property will boast beer-brewing capabilities, Guinness's signature stout won’t be made on location. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 An Old-Fashioned is the milk stout of the spirit world, va-va-voom velvety when the boots and jackets come out. Amy Drew Thompson,, 25 Aug. 2021 Raffles for Hope went live June 24 at, featuring the likes of hard-to-get variants of 3 Floyds’ Dark Lord imperial stout and rare bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Bill Jones,, 16 July 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 25 Oct. 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
: 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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