Stout (?), a. [Compar. Stouter (?); superl. Stoutest.] [D. stout bold (or OF. estout bold, proud, of Teutonic origin); akin to AS. stolt, G. stolz, and perh. to E. stilt.]
Strong; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular; hence, firm; resolute; dauntless.
With hearts stern and stout.
A stouter champion never handled sword.
He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man.
The lords all stand
To clear their cause, most resolutely stout.
Proud; haughty; arrogant; hard.
Your words have been stout against me.
Mal. iii. 13.
Commonly . . . they that be rich are lofty and stout.
Firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout vessel, stick, string, or cloth.
Large; bulky; corpulent.
Syn. -- Stout, Corpulent, Portly. Corpulent has reference simply to a superabundance or excess of flesh. Portly implies a kind of stoutness or corpulence which gives a dignified or imposing appearance. Stout, in our early writers (as in the English Bible), was used chiefly or wholly in the sense of strong or bold; as, a stout champion; a stout heart; a stout resistance, etc. At a later period it was used for thickset or bulky, and more recently, especially in England, the idea has been carried still further, so that Taylor says in his Synonyms: "The stout man has the proportions of an ox; he is corpulent, fat, and fleshy in relation to his size." In America, stout is still commonly used in the original sense of strong as, a stout boy; a stout pole.
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A strong malt liquor; strong porter.
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