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[stout] /staʊt/
adjective, stouter, stoutest.
bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat:
She is getting too stout for her dresses.
Synonyms: big, rotund, stocky, portly, fleshy.
bold, brave, or dauntless:
a stout heart; stout fellows.
firm; stubborn; resolute:
stout resistance.
forceful; vigorous:
a stout argument; a stout wind.
Synonyms: intense, sharp, violent.
strong of body; hearty; sturdy:
stout seamen.
having endurance or staying power, as a horse.
Synonyms: stalwart, steady, untiring.
strong in substance or body, as a beverage.
Antonyms: weak, tasteless, bland, flat.
strong and thick or heavy:
a stout cudgel.
a dark, sweet brew made of roasted malt and having a higher percentage of hops than porter.
porter of extra strength.
a stout person.
a garment size designed for a stout man.
a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size.
Origin of stout
1250-1300; Middle English (adj.) < Old French estout bold, proud < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch stout bold, Middle Low German stolt, Middle High German stolz proud
Related forms
stoutly, adverb
stoutness, noun
overstout, adjective
overstoutly, adverb
overstoutness, noun
unstout, adjective
unstoutly, adverb
unstoutness, noun
Synonym Study
Stout, fat, plump imply corpulence of body. Stout describes a heavily built but usually strong and healthy body: a handsome stout lady. Fat, an informal word with unpleasant connotations, suggests an unbecoming fleshy stoutness; it may, however, apply also to a hearty fun-loving type of stout person: a fat old man; fat and jolly. Plump connotes a pleasing roundness and is often used as a complimentary or euphemistic equivalent for stout, fleshy, etc.: a pleasingly plump figure attractively dressed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for stoutest
Historical Examples
  • Maignan himself, the stoutest of the stout, looked grave, and had lost his swaggering air.

    A Gentleman of France Stanley Weyman
  • The difficulties of the way were enough to have appalled the stoutest heart.

  • Sight, sound, glare went to the hearts of the stoutest witnesses.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • They are the stoutest and most hardy looking men in the prison.

  • It was a sight at which the stoutest heart might have quailed, and Jason leapt back to the bank and dragged Sunlocks after him.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
  • The mighty winds swayed the trees, and bent the stoutest of them like reeds.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • The sight that met his eyes was enough to have terrified the stoutest heart.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • On reaching it, a sight was before us that caused the stoutest to tremble.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • He was the stoutest, gentlest, bravest little horse I ever saw.

  • “Luckily two of the biggest and stoutest are also the most sensible,” said Otto.

    The Island Queen R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for stoutest


solidly built or corpulent
(prenominal) resolute or valiant: stout fellow
strong, substantial, and robust
a stout heart, courage; resolution
strong porter highly flavoured with malt
Derived Forms
stoutish, adjective
stoutly, adverb
stoutness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estout bold, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German stolz proud, Middle Dutch stolt brave


Sir Robert. 1844–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1884–87)
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Word Origin and History for stoutest



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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