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. Chaucer.

A stouter champion never handled sword. Shak.

He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man. Clarendon.

The lords all stand To clear their cause, most resolutely stout. Daniel.


Proud; haughty; arrogant; hard.


Your words have been stout against me. Mal. iii. 13.

Commonly . . . they that be rich are lofty and stout. Latimer.


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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Stout, n.

A strong malt liquor; strong porter.

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