- 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
Examples from the Web for stoutest
It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German.To be Read at Dusk
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.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
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
- 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 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).
"strong, dark-brown beer," 1670s, from stout (adj.).