stout

[stout]

adjective, stout·er, stout·est.

noun


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.

Stout

[stout]

noun

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.
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Examples from the Web for stout

Contemporary Examples of stout

Historical Examples of stout

  • 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.

    Dust

    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

stout

adjective

solidly built or corpulent
(prenominal) resolute or valiantstout fellow
strong, substantial, and robust
a stout heart courage; resolution

noun

strong porter highly flavoured with malt
Derived Formsstoutish, adjectivestoutly, adverbstoutness, noun

Word Origin for stout

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

Stout

noun

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
adj.

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).

n.

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

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