Definition of stout in English:


Syllabification: stout
Pronunciation: /stout


  • 2(Of an act, quality, or person) brave and determined: he put up a stout defense in court
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    • Only Giles, with a mixture of stout defence and calculated hitting, took England past 300, a total they should need to exceed in their second innings if they are to save, or indeed win, the game.
    • While he might think it a stout defence of his membership, there are those who view that approach as ostrich-like, robbing us of any hope of his assistance in weeding out the bad guys.
    • It's a stout defence of the ability of large corporations to sort themselves out while remaining profitably in one piece.
    determined, vigorous, forceful, spirited; staunch, steadfast, stalwart, firm, resolute, unyielding, dogged; brave, bold, courageous, valiant, valorous, gallant, fearless, doughty, intrepid
    informal gutsy, gutty, spunky


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  • A kind of strong, dark beer brewed with roasted malt or barley.
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    • Beer can range from light ales to dark stouts depending on the proportions of malt and barley.
    • The company brews its own selection of nine stouts, ales and lagers in Dublin using chemical-free, unpasteurised brewing methods.
    • Don't substitute a dark ale or stout for the light beer here; it can be too bitter.



sense 1 of the adjective.
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  • When I turned this small, stoutish, red-faced man was beckoning me to come back.
  • The ringleader could be discerned as a stoutish fellow in a waistcoat.
  • He was a small stoutish individual in a greasy black suit.


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  • The visitors may have struggled away from home this season but they defended stoutly and worked hard to earn all three points.
  • Bent on their revels, other peasants dance stoutly in a ring to the music of a fiddle and a bagpipe: the women with dogged concentration, the men with carefree high-kicks.
  • The side was only four points down after playing against the breeze, but it was the impressive manner in which Mayo had put men behind the ball and defended so stoutly that gave us such hope.


sense 1 of the adjective.
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  • Rubinstein (born in Krakow, Poland, in 1872, and christened Chaya, which means Helena in Yiddish) was short, forever black-haired and inclined to stoutness.
  • A consensus emerged that the stoutness of students was owing to the curtailment of physical exercise in schools, coupled with the availability of fizzy drinks from vending machines.
  • True, he is given to a certain stoutness and fullness of frame, but it has been remarked that this well-apportioned girth rather adds to the majestic dignity of his bearing.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French dialect, of West Germanic origin; perhaps related to stilt. The noun (late 17th century) originally denoted any strong beer and is probably elliptical for stout ale.

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