Definition of stout in English:

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Pronunciation: /stout/


1(Of a person) somewhat fat or of heavy build: stout middle-aged men
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  • As the warden gazed out the open door, one of his underlings, a rather stout fellow named Mr. Hersby, approached the nervous man.
  • It was the father; a rather short, stout man with a feathery blonde mustache, who spoke for the rest.
  • She was stout, middle-aged, and veiny in the cheeks and nose.
fat, plump, portly, rotund, dumpy, chunky, corpulent;
stocky, burly, bulky, hefty, heavyset, solidly built, thickset
informal tubby, pudgy, zaftig, corn-fed
1.1(Of an object) strong and thick: Billy had armed himself with a stout stick stout walking boots
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  • At both locations, you can see various types of bamboos, from those as thin as an index finger to stout trunks that are thicker than an arm.
  • For those with stout boots and stout hearts, there is a spectacular breathtaking, circular-kilometre walk from the abbey through the mountains.
  • When walking in the mountains be sure to wear stout boots with a good grip.
strong, sturdy, solid, substantial, robust, tough, durable, hardwearing
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


A kind of strong, dark beer brewed with roasted malt or barley.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstoutnəs/
sense 1 of the adjective.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with stout

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, drought, flout, gout, grout, knout, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, trout, way-out, without

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