Maignan himself, the stoutest of the stout, looked grave, and had lost his swaggering air.
It was made for the occasion by the stoutest courier, who was a German.
Sight, sound, glare went to the hearts of the stoutest witnesses.
The stoutest antagonist, if he remit his watch a moment, is oppressed.
It was a sight at which the stoutest heart might have quailed, and Jason leapt back to the bank and dragged Sunlocks after him.
At this, half a score reached him their staves, and he took the stoutest and heaviest of them all.
The sight that met his eyes was enough to have terrified the stoutest heart.
Now was there battle joined, and sharp onset, for the defence was of the stoutest.
He was the stoutest, gentlest, bravest little horse I ever saw.
A deluge against which the stoutest oil-skin is as blotting-paper.
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.).