Stout Definition

stout
stoutest, stouter
adjective
stoutest, stouter
Strong in body; sturdy.
Webster's New World
Strong in construction; firm; substantial.
A stout wall.
Webster's New World
Fat; thickset; corpulent.
Webster's New World
Courageous; brave; undaunted.
Webster's New World
Having or marked by boldness or determination; resolute.
Stout of heart.
American Heritage
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noun
A fat person.
Webster's New World
A garment in a size for a fat man.
Webster's New World
A dark-brown beer like porter, but heavier and sweeter and containing a higher percentage of hops.
Webster's New World
A very dark ale or lager beer.
American Heritage
A thickset or corpulent person.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Stout

Noun

Singular:
stout
Plural:
stouts

Adjective

Base Form:
stout
Comparative:
stouter
Superlative:
stoutest

Origin of Stout

  • From Middle English stout, from Old French estout (“brave, fierce, proud") (Modern French dialectal stout (“proud")), earlier estolt (“strong"), from Proto-Germanic *stultaz (“proud, stately, stiff"), from Proto-Germanic *stil-, *stal-, *stul- (“to be solid, stationary, firm, stiff"), from Proto-Indo-European *stel- (“to put, stand"); cognate with Dutch stout (“stout, bold, rash"), Low German stolt (“stately, proud"), German stolz (“proud, haughty, arrogant, stately"), Old Norse stoltr (“proud") (Danish stolt (“proud"), Icelandic stoltur (“proud")). Meaning "strong in body, powerfully built" is attested from c.1386, but has been to a large extent displaced by the 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French estout of Germanic origin stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French estout of Germanic origin stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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