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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.



stout (comparative stouter, superlative stoutest)

  1. large; bulky, thickset; corpulent, fat.
  2. (obsolete) bold, strong-minded; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular.
    • Shakespeare
      a stouter champion never handled sword
    • Clarendon
      He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man.
    • Daniel
      The lords all stand / To clear their cause, most resolutely stout.
  3. (obsolete) proud; haughty; arrogant; hard.
    • Bible, Mal. iii. 13
      Your words have been stout against me.
    • Latimer
      Commonly [] they that be rich are lofty and stout.
  4. firm; resolute; dauntless.
  5. materially strong, enduring.
    Campers prefer stout vessels, sticks and cloth.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      Nothing could be more business-like than the construction of the stout dams, and nothing more gently rural than the limpid lakes, with the grand old forest trees marshalled round their margins … .
  6. obstinate.

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stout, the malt brew

stout (plural stouts)

  1. A dark and strong malt brew made with toasted grain.
    Stout is darker, stronger and sweeter than porter beer.
  2. An obese person. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. A large clothing size. (Can we add an example for this sense?)





Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch stout, from Old Dutch *stolt, from Proto-Germanic *stultaz.


stout (comparative stouter, superlative stoutst)

  1. naughty, disobedient, mischievous
    Sinterklaas geeft brave jongens lekkers, zijn Zwarte Piet stoute de roe.
    St. Nicholas gives good boys candy; his Black Peter gives naughty ones the rod.
  2. high (expectations)
  3. (archaic) bold, audacious
Inflection of stout
uninflected stout
inflected stoute
comparative stouter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial stout stouter het stoutst
het stoutste
indefinite m./f. sing. stoute stoutere stoutste
n. sing. stout stouter stoutste
plural stoute stoutere stoutste
definite stoute stoutere stoutste
partitive stouts stouters
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Etymology 2[edit]

From English stout.


stout m, n (uncountable)

  1. stout (brew)