Definition of stout in US English:

stout

adjective

  • 1(of a person) somewhat fat or of heavy build.

    ‘stout middle-aged men’
    • ‘The slide was flimsy, and if you had the help of a stout friend you could tip it over.’
    • ‘The door was always locked, but there was a small bell, which said simply Fischer and this, if rung, produced a small, stout man wearing round wire-rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘It was difficult to believe that this, a short, stout man, had put fear in the hearts of wrestlers in the 1980s.’
    • ‘She was a stout woman with rosy cheeks and always cheerful.’
    • ‘It was the father; a rather short, stout man with a feathery blonde mustache, who spoke for the rest.’
    • ‘She was stout, middle-aged, and veiny in the cheeks and nose.’
    • ‘He's stout and middle-aged, wearing a suit - looking totally out of place in the barbaric surroundings.’
    • ‘Higgins, a small stout woman who usually speaks in a booming Irish brogue, nods silently.’
    • ‘I'm ushered into a clean, airy office by a small, stout man with merry eyes, a father's face.’
    • ‘As the warden gazed out the open door, one of his underlings, a rather stout fellow named Mr. Hersby, approached the nervous man.’
    • ‘I was sitting alone in my favorite restaurant when a short, stout man of middle age asked if he could join me.’
    • ‘He was stout, well past middle age, and his round cheeks were pink in the winter air as though they had just been shaved.’
    • ‘She was stout enough to be a grandmother, but the hair confined beneath her hair net was dark, and her quick, decisive hands did not seem grandmotherly.’
    • ‘He also said the authors had hurt him by describing him as a ‘short and stout fellow who uses foul language’.’
    • ‘He was stout and looked quite like a construction worker.’
    • ‘And the girl was slightly stout, though nothing compared to the servant.’
    • ‘The waitress was a short stout woman who spoke broken English.’
    • ‘Her husband, a tall, stout fellow who probably wrestles alligators for fun, stomps ahead, engrossed in the sports pages of the paper.’
    • ‘So, living her dream vicariously through her son, she traipsed him round church halls to entertain audiences of stout women.’
    • ‘It was lavishly furnished, and behind its wide oak desk, sat a burly and stout man.’
    fat, fattish, plump, portly, rotund, roly-poly, pot-bellied, round, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, overweight, fleshy, paunchy, corpulent
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  • 2(of an object) strong and thick.

    ‘Billy had armed himself with a stout stick’
    ‘stout walking boots’
    • ‘The switching stick serves as a convenient probe; it is stout and unlikely to bend or break in the joint.’
    • ‘His eyes widened when he picked up the tracks of a man in stout boots and a horse leading away from the clearing.’
    • ‘Without speaking he lifts me to my feet and brings his stout stick down across my shoulders.’
    • ‘When walking in the mountains be sure to wear stout boots with a good grip.’
    • ‘As far as your feet go, some stout old-fashioned walking shoes or boots with gaiters look best and give you the most support.’
    • ‘She's a game old bird, though; dashingly dressed in sensible breeches and stout walking boots, she's off down the fairway to confront the offending husband.’
    • ‘Engineered with the ergonomics of a spinal column, the highest grade of surgical stainless steel is crafted into stout links of solid metal.’
    • ‘The plants are stout, robust and shrub-like, with reddish stems and greenish-white or reddish-brown flowers produced in narrow, upright clusters.’
    • ‘Not only would red sticks protect them, but stout fencing and a location atop a river bluff.’
    • ‘Particularly important are a windproof jacket, or anorak, with hood or hat and a stout pair of walking boots or shoes as they may have to cross some rough ground to see the best wildlife.’
    • ‘Taking a stout walking stick to help particularly with the descent is advised.’
    • ‘For those with stout boots and stout hearts, there is a spectacular breathtaking, circular-kilometre walk from the abbey through the mountains.’
    • ‘He walked along the dirt path with a gray cat, hooded in a brown cloak and carrying a stout walking stick.’
    • ‘It was tall and stout, and a good support for him as he walked, for he could place it before him and so be sure of his next step.’
    • ‘Always travel with stout boots, rainproof clothing, spare clothes, a first aid kid, torch, map, compass, food and drink.’
    • ‘Long trousers, long sleeves and stout boots are a necessity.’
    • ‘If you have weak knees or ankles, it helps to hire or buy adjustable walking poles, or a stout stick.’
    • ‘At both locations, you can see various types of bamboos, from those as thin as an index finger to stout trunks that are thicker than an arm.’
    • ‘Mother and father are both dressed in walking attire: calf length walking trousers tucked into long socks, stout walking shoes, check shirts, bobble hats and a back pack.’
    • ‘I came armed with a pair of stout histories and a promisingly thick archaeological field-guide.’
    strong, sturdy, heavy, solid, substantial, robust, tough, strongly made, durable, hard-wearing
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  • 3(of an act, quality, or person) brave and determined.

    ‘he put up a stout defense in court’
    • ‘He used a specially-arranged series of interviews during the Commonwealth summit yesterday to mount a stout defence of his position.’
    • ‘Both sides showed a glimmer of promise with the occasional attack, only to be let down by poor discipline, some shoddy handling and stout defence.’
    • ‘One reason for the defense's stout performance is the coaches' ability to make the most of the players' strengths.’
    • ‘The Education Secretary yesterday launched a stout defence of the basic principle of top-up fees.’
    • ‘Establishing a flow and chemistry on offense is critical, especially for a team that expects to be competitive behind a stout defense.’
    • ‘Not a theologian, he was unconcerned by doctrinal minutiae; far from encouraging popery his one known theological work was a stout defence of the church against Catholicism.’
    • ‘It's a stout defence of the ability of large corporations to sort themselves out while remaining profitably in one piece.’
    • ‘Elton's stout defence of his thesis parallels the tenacity of his beliefs regarding the practice of history.’
    • ‘The lads in maroon were dominating at this stage but a stout Laois defence was denying them the scores.’
    • ‘Ingleton battled gamely to the end, but a stout Kirkby defence kept their fourth clean sheet.’
    • ‘While he might think it a stout defence of his membership, there are those who view that approach as ostrich-like, robbing us of any hope of his assistance in weeding out the bad guys.’
    • ‘It was time for stout defence and it was forthcoming.’
    • ‘And, despite some stout defence, a feature of York's game this season, they were unable to prevent scrum half Duffy from scoring from short range.’
    • ‘York absorbed plenty of pressure from the students who became increasingly aggressive as they became more frustrated at being unable to pierce a stout defence.’
    • ‘They had to scramble to become the sixth seed in the play-offs, and they've earned a lot of believers with their stout defense and great rushing attack.’
    • ‘Only Giles, with a mixture of stout defence and calculated hitting, took England past 300, a total they should need to exceed in their second innings if they are to save, or indeed win, the game.’
    • ‘His current team depends heavily on the running game and stout defense.’
    • ‘The Dolphins were favoured to win but ran into some stout defence and a forward pack that grew in confidence throughout the day.’
    • ‘His stout defence distracted the Austrians, helping Bonaparte to invade northern Italy and beat them at Marengo.’
    • ‘Where was his stout defence of public schooling during the Commonwealth's crusade against state schools?’
    determined, full of determination, vigorous, forceful, spirited, stout-hearted
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noun

  • A kind of strong, dark beer brewed with roasted malt or barley.

    • ‘Even in England, the traditional home of ales, lagers grow bigger and bigger, placing not only ales, but stouts, porters and other brews in the shade.’
    • ‘A drink generally means beer, either lager or stout.’
    • ‘The brewery has been exploring the idea since a think tank appointed by the Irish government recommended that low-alcohol versions of beers and stouts be introduced.’
    • ‘He adds that the 80 or so brews on offer, including bitters, milds, porters, stouts, wheat beers and real lagers, will range in strength between three and eight per cent and alcohol by volume.’
    • ‘We do still get requests for some of the chewier beers like porters and stouts but the light beers are big.’
    • ‘A lot of those heavier beers - porters, stouts, bocks and such - are available year round from many brewers.’
    • ‘A few ciders and stouts for mixed beer drinks are also a good idea.’
    • ‘With beers, stouts and ales of such quality on tap all weekend, the visitors may well have had a few pointers for the organisers of the Munich festival.’
    • ‘Originally, all beers were dark and heavy, similar to the porters, stouts and brown ales of Britain.’
    • ‘The company brews its own selection of nine stouts, ales and lagers in Dublin using chemical-free, unpasteurised brewing methods.’
    • ‘Beer can range from light ales to dark stouts depending on the proportions of malt and barley.’
    • ‘Finally, different beer styles have their own colour distinctions: golden for Pilsners, amber for most pale ales, black or near-black for stouts and so on.’
    • ‘Don't substitute a dark ale or stout for the light beer here; it can be too bitter.’
    • ‘High prices for soft drinks and bottled water in many pubs and hotels means it works out cheaper for customers to order beers and stouts than to opt for a non-alcoholic alternative.’
    • ‘I fully enjoyed sampling a variety of beer from European Pilsners to stouts.’
    • ‘It's too easy to say that lagers have a clean hoppy character, stouts and porters have roasted flavours, and wheat beers, fruity and clove ones.’
    • ‘The most common, or at least best known are lager, ale, stout and Pilsner.’
    • ‘He also points to a fondness for strong drink taken neat; whisky and vodka rather than English ale or Irish stout.’
    • ‘In Wednesday's budget, he is expected to slash the duty that breweries have to pay on ale, beer and stout.’
    • ‘Cider represents a fourth Irish drink, one that is traditional, light and crisp, and appeals to drinkers who might not be interested in stouts, whiskeys, or cream liqueurs.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old French dialect, of West Germanic origin; perhaps related to stilt. The noun (late 17th century) originally denoted any strong beer and is probably elliptical for stout ale.

Pronunciation

stout

/stout//staʊt/