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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, 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.
  3. A large clothing size.





Etymology 1[edit]

Germanic (despite a theory linking it to Latin stultus 'stupid, ill-considered, presumptious'),


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, itself cognate with etymology 1 'bold, vigorous'


stout m, n ‎(uncountable)

  1. The malt brew stout