stout

[stout]
adjective, stouter, stoutest.
1.
bulky in figure; heavily built; corpulent; thickset; fat: She is getting too stout for her dresses. big, rotund, stocky, portly, fleshy. thin, lean, slender, slim; skinny, scrawny.
2.
bold, brave, or dauntless: a stout heart; stout fellows. valiant, gallant, intrepid, fearless, indomitable, courageous, stouthearted. cowardly, timid, fearful, timorous, craven.
3.
firm; stubborn; resolute: stout resistance. obstinate, indomitable, steadfast, staunch, unwavering.
4.
forceful; vigorous: a stout argument; a stout wind. intense, sharp, violent.
5.
strong of body; hearty; sturdy: stout seamen. brawny, sinewy, strapping, husky, robust.
6.
having endurance or staying power, as a horse. stalwart, steady, untiring.
7.
strong in substance or body, as a beverage. weak, tasteless, bland, flat.
8.
strong and thick or heavy: a stout cudgel.
noun
9.
a dark, sweet brew made of roasted malt and having a higher percentage of hops than porter.
10.
porter of extra strength.
11.
a stout person.
12.
a garment size designed for a stout man.
13.
a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size.

Origin:
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

stoutly, adverb
stoutness, noun
overstout, adjective
overstoutly, adverb
overstoutness, noun
unstout, adjective
unstoutly, adverb
unstoutness, noun


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.
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stout (staʊt)
 
adj
1.  solidly built or corpulent
2.  (prenominal) resolute or valiant: stout fellow
3.  strong, substantial, and robust
4.  a stout heart courage; resolution
 
n
5.  strong porter highly flavoured with malt
 
[C14: from Old French estout bold, of Germanic origin; related to Middle High German stolz proud, Middle Dutch stolt brave]
 
'stoutish
 
adj
 
'stoutly
 
adv
 
'stoutness
 
n

Stout (staʊt)
 
n
Sir Robert. 1844--1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Scotland: prime minister of New Zealand (1884--87)

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stout
c.1300, "proud, valiant, strong," from O.Fr. estout "brave, fierce, proud," earlier estolt "strong," from W.Gmc. *stult- "proud, stately" (cf. M.L.G. stolt "stately, proud," Ger. stolz "proud, haughty, arrogant, stately"), from PIE base *stel- "to put, stand." Meaning "strong in body, powerfully built"
is attested from c.1386, 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 (1552). The noun "strong, dark-brown beer" is first recorded 1677, from the adjective.
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Example sentences
He stoutly defends free trade to protectionist audiences.
And they stoutly resist any idea of abandoning their sovereignty over foreign
  and security policy.
The author's grief, however stoutly he may have prepared himself for failure,
  must have been great.
The colonel stoutly maintained-and from all the evidence really seems to have
  believed-that he was performing a public service.
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