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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stoutnoun

    a strong very dark heavy-bodied ale made from pale malt and roasted unmalted barley and (often) caramel malt with hops

  2. stoutadjective

    a garment size for a large or heavy person

  3. stalwart, stoutadjective


    "the stalwart citizens at Lexington"; "a stalwart supporter of the UN"; "stout hearts"

  4. portly, stoutadjective

    euphemisms for `fat'

    "men are portly and women are stout"

  5. hardy, stalwart, stout, sturdyadjective

    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships

    "hardy explorers of northern Canada"; "proud of her tall stalwart son"; "stout seamen"; "sturdy young athletes"


  1. stoutnoun

    A dark and strong malt brew made with toasted grain.

    Stout is darker, stronger and sweeter than porter beer.

  2. stoutnoun

    A fatso.

  3. stoutnoun

    A large clothing size, for the corpulent

  4. stoutadjective

    bold, strong-minded; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular

  5. stoutadjective

    proud; haughty; arrogant; hard.

  6. stoutadjective

    firm; resolute; dauntless

  7. stoutadjective

    materially strong, enduring

    Campers prefer stout vessels, sticks and cloth.

  8. stoutadjective


  9. stoutadjective

    large; bulky, thickset; corpulent, fat.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STOUTnoun

    Etymology: stout, Dutch; stolz, proud, German; stautan, Gothick, is to strike.

    When I was young,
    I do remember how my father said,
    A stouter champion never handled sword. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Some captain of the land or fleet,
    Stout of his hands, but of a soldier’s wit;
    Cries, I have sense to serve my turn, in store,
    And he’s a rascal who pretends to more. Dryden.

    The stout-hearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep. Psal. lxxvi. 5.

    He lost the character of a bold, stout, and magnanimous man, which he had been long reputed to be. Edward Hyde.

    The lords all stand,
    To clear their cause, most resolutely stout. Daniel.

    There virtue and stout honour pass’d the guard,
    Those only friends that could not be debar’d. Ralph Bathurst.

    The stoutest vessel to the storm gave way,
    And suck’d through loosen’d planks the rushing sea. Dryden.

  2. Stoutnoun

    A cant name for strong beer.

    Should but his muse descending drop
    A slice of bread and mutton chop,
    Or kindly, when his credit’s out,
    Surprise him with a pint of stout;
    Exalted in his mighty mind,
    He flies and leaves the stars behind. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Stout

    Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout, and imperial stout. The first known use of the word stout for beer, in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscripts, referred to its strength. The name porter was first used in 1721 to describe a dark brown beer. Because of the huge popularity of porters, brewers made them in a variety of strengths. The stronger beers, typically 7% or 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), were called "stout porters", so the history and development of stout and porter are intertwined, and the term stout has become firmly associated with dark beer, rather than just strong beer.


  1. stout

    Stout is an adjective primarily used in two ways: 1) Describing a person or object, it refers to being strong, solid, substantial, or robust, often involving a certain heaviness or thickness. For instance, a stout man, a stout pole. 2) In context of beer, it refers to a kind of dark, heavy beer that is brewed with a large proportion of roasted malt or roasted barley, often associated with strong flavors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stout

    strong; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular; hence, firm; resolute; dauntless

  2. Stout

    proud; haughty; arrogant; hard

  3. Stout

    firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout vessel, stick, string, or cloth

  4. Stout

    large; bulky; corpulent

  5. Stoutnoun

    a strong malt liquor; strong porter


  1. Stout

    Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. Stouts were traditionally the generic term for the strongest or stoutest porters, typically 7% or 8%, produced by a brewery. In this sense a stout is not necessarily dark in color because there are also blonde stouts. There are a number of variations including Baltic porter, dry stout and imperial stout. The name porter was first used in 1721 to describe a dark brown beer popular with street and river porters of London that had been made with roasted malts. This same beer later also became known as stout though the word stout had been used as early as 1677. The history and development of stout and porter are intertwined.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stout

    stowt, adj. strong: robust: corpulent: resolute: proud: (B.) stubborn.—n. extra strong porter.—adj. Stout′-heart′ed, having a brave heart.—adv. Stout′-heart′edly.—n. Stout′-heart′edness.—adv. Stout′ly.—n. Stout′ness (B.), stubbornness. [O. Fr. estout, bold—Old Dut. stolt, stout; Ger. stolz, bold.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Stout

    This black alcoholic beverage is so called because it contains more body and nourishment than ale or beer.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STOUT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stout is ranked #798 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stout surname appeared 43,305 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 15 would have the surname Stout.

    92% or 39,862 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 1,048 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 992 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 741 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 385 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 281 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stout in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of stout in a Sentence

  1. Chancellor Bob Meyer:

    Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout, i want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward.

  2. Albert Pike:

    He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current... Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on toward ultimate success.

  3. Edgar Albert Guest:

    The timid and fearful first failures dismay, but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day. He values his failures as lessons that teach The one way to get to the goal he would reach.

  4. State Rep. Keith Murphy:

    It's obviously not meant to appeal to minors, it's a breakfast stout. It's a very heavy beer, like a bowl of porridge.

  5. Unknown:

    An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.

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