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[stout] /staʊt/
adjective, stouter, stoutest.
bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat:
She is getting too stout for her dresses.
Synonyms: big, rotund, stocky, portly, fleshy.
bold, brave, or dauntless:
a stout heart; stout fellows.
firm; stubborn; resolute:
stout resistance.
forceful; vigorous:
a stout argument; a stout wind.
Synonyms: intense, sharp, violent.
strong of body; hearty; sturdy:
stout seamen.
having endurance or staying power, as a horse.
Synonyms: stalwart, steady, untiring.
strong in substance or body, as a beverage.
Antonyms: weak, tasteless, bland, flat.
strong and thick or heavy:
a stout cudgel.
a dark, sweet brew made of roasted malt and having a higher percentage of hops than porter.
porter of extra strength.
a stout person.
a garment size designed for a stout man.
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 forms
stoutly, adverb
stoutness, noun
overstout, adjective
overstoutly, adverb
overstoutness, noun
unstout, adjective
unstoutly, adverb
unstoutness, 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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Presently one, a man shorter but much broader and stouter than Denton, came forward to him.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • This animal is more bulky than the domestic Ox, and its limbs are stouter.

  • She was shorter and stouter, but she was every ounce as stately and imposing as was even Señora Tassara.

    Ahead of the Army W. O. Stoddard
  • It was Mansus who found the second candle, a stouter affair.

  • They have to make a more closely woven net in which instinct and idea, cost what it may, combine to form a stouter tissue.

    Above the Battle Romain Rolland
  • His figure was not only short, but stouter than that of the Ormes in general.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • She was a stouter person, but the stoutness did not impair her dignity; she bore her flesh well.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • I, on the contrary, was rather taller and stouter than most boys of my age.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • In a few weeks Sasi was stouter and in better health than ever before.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for stouter


solidly built or corpulent
(prenominal) resolute or valiant: stout fellow
strong, substantial, and robust
a stout heart, courage; resolution
strong porter highly flavoured with malt
Derived Forms
stoutish, adjective
stoutly, adverb
stoutness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estout bold, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German stolz proud, Middle Dutch stolt brave


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Word Origin and History for stouter



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.).



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

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