- bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat: She is getting too stout for her dresses.
- bold, brave, or dauntless: a stout heart; stout fellows.
- firm; stubborn; resolute: stout resistance.
- forceful; vigorous: a stout argument; a stout wind.
- strong of body; hearty; sturdy: stout seamen.
- having endurance or staying power, as a horse.
- strong in substance or body, as a beverage.
- 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
- Rex (Tod·hun·ter) [tod-huhn-ter] /ˈtɒdˌhʌn tər/, 1886–1975, U.S. detective novelist.
- Robert,1844–1930, New Zealand jurist and statesman: prime minister 1884–87.
Examples from the Web for stout
Princess Ariel and Prince Eric walk down the aisle, and are greeted by a stout clergyman who is allegedly too happy to see them.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’
November 20, 2014
From the few photographs of him, we see a stout man with deep Indian features, a thick mustache and stoic face.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
A stout woman with a grating voice, she asked, “So you think life is so good here in Ukraine?”Putin’s People Stage Their Bogus Vote
May 11, 2014
“Or the world,” Stout said, examining the photographs in a small metal box.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler
February 6, 2014
Two bottles of stout supplied the necessary lubrication, and there was frequent recourse to a box of licorice pastilles.Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole
December 16, 2013
Among the passengers was a stout, good-looking man, a New York merchant.
Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.
Where she had been stout thirteen years before, she was now frankly fat.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
All the enemy's vessels had regular quarters, and the ships were stout craft.
As this was a stout rope, something must part, before we could be washed away.
- solidly built or corpulent
- (prenominal) resolute or valiantstout fellow
- strong, substantial, and robust
- a stout heart courage; resolution
- strong porter highly flavoured with malt
- Sir Robert. 1844–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1884–87)
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.).