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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.
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  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.
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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.
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Examples from the Web for stoutest

Historical Examples

  • It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German.

    To be Read at Dusk

    Charles Dickens

  • The stoutest antagonist, if he remit his watch a moment, is oppressed.

  • At this, half a score reached him their staves, and he took the stoutest and heaviest of them all.

  • Of the two parties the Irish were the stoutest, and the weakest went to the wall.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Old Cristina, who was her mother's nurse, is to be our stoutest ally.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for stoutest


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



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).

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

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