Less controversial was the invasion of Afghanistan, but Blair stoutly defends it from criticism.
But Rose stoutly averred that she would never be seduced; it was marriage or nothing.
He and Huffington stoutly deny any trouble, though they confirm that HuffPo has attracted robust outside interest.
He stoutly denied the charge; said he built as good fires as he could.
I stoutly denied it, but things only went from bad to worse.
The man brought a little more and then he stoutly affirmed that he had fulfilled his part of the contract.
"If others can, we ought to be able to make it," Merritt said stoutly.
Upon asking Omai, he denied it stoutly; yet mentioned a fact, within his own knowledge, which almost confirms such an opinion.
"She would," averred Barry stoutly, over the twinge of an inner qualm.
But when the other watch said this, Master Dogvane, you stoutly denied it.
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.).