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adjective, stout·er, stout·est.
  1. bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat: She is getting too stout for her dresses.
  2. bold, brave, or dauntless: a stout heart; stout fellows.
  3. firm; stubborn; resolute: stout resistance.
  4. forceful; vigorous: a stout argument; a stout wind.
  5. strong of body; hearty; sturdy: stout seamen.
  6. having endurance or staying power, as a horse.
  7. strong in substance or body, as a beverage.
  8. strong and thick or heavy: a stout cudgel.
  1. a dark, sweet brew made of roasted malt and having a higher percentage of hops than porter.
  2. porter of extra strength.
  3. a stout person.
  4. a garment size designed for a stout man.
  5. a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size.

Origin of stout

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) < Old French estout bold, proud < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch stout bold, Middle Low German stolt, Middle High German stolz proud
Related formsstout·ly, adverbstout·ness, nouno·ver·stout, adjectiveo·ver·stout·ly, adverbo·ver·stout·ness, nounun·stout, adjectiveun·stout·ly, adverbun·stout·ness, noun

Synonym study

Stout, fat, plump imply corpulence of body. Stout describes a heavily built but usually strong and healthy body: a handsome stout lady. Fat, an informal word with unpleasant connotations, suggests an unbecoming fleshy stoutness; it may, however, apply also to a hearty fun-loving type of stout person: a fat old man; fat and jolly. Plump connotes a pleasing roundness and is often used as a complimentary or euphemistic equivalent for stout, fleshy, etc.: a pleasingly plump figure attractively dressed.


  1. Rex (Tod·hun·ter) [tod-huhn-ter] /ˈtɒdˌhʌn tər/, 1886–1975, U.S. detective novelist.
  2. Robert,1844–1930, New Zealand jurist and statesman: prime minister 1884–87.
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Examples from the Web for stout

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  • Among the passengers was a stout, good-looking man, a New York merchant.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Where she had been stout thirteen years before, she was now frankly fat.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • All the enemy's vessels had regular quarters, and the ships were stout craft.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • As this was a stout rope, something must part, before we could be washed away.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for stout


  1. solidly built or corpulent
  2. (prenominal) resolute or valiantstout fellow
  3. strong, substantial, and robust
  4. a stout heart courage; resolution
  1. strong porter highly flavoured with malt
Derived Formsstoutish, adjectivestoutly, adverbstoutness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French estout bold, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German stolz proud, Middle Dutch stolt brave


  1. Sir Robert. 1844–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1884–87)
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Word Origin and History for stout


c.1300, "proud, valiant, strong," from Old French estout "brave, fierce, proud," earlier estolt "strong," from West Germanic *stult- "proud, stately" (cf. Middle Low German stolt "stately, proud," German stolz "proud, haughty, arrogant, stately"), from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "strong in body, powerfully built" is attested from late 14c., but has been displaced by the (often euphemistic) meaning "thick-bodied, fat and large," which is first recorded 1804. Original sense preserved in stout-hearted (1550s).


"strong, dark-brown beer," 1670s, from stout (adj.).

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