stout, n. A strong, dark malt brew having a higher percentage of hops than porter; strong porter; a popular variety sold in the U. S. is Guinness' stout.
Stout a. [Compar. Stouter superl. Stoutest.]
1. Strong; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular; hence, firm; resolute; dauntless.
With hearts stern and stout. --Chaucer.
A stouter champion never handled sword. --Shak.
He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man. --Clarendon.
The lords all stand
To clear their cause, most resolutely stout. --Daniel.
2. Proud; haughty; arrogant; hard. [Archaic]
Your words have been stout against me. --Mal. iii. 13.
Commonly . . . they that be rich are lofty and stout. --Latimer.
3. Firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout vessel, stick, string, or cloth.
4. Large; bulky; corpulent.
Syn: -- Stout, Corpulent, Portly.
Usage: Corpulent has reference simply to a superabundance or excess of flesh. Portly implies a kind of stoutness or corpulence which gives a dignified or imposing appearance. Stout, in our early writers (as in the English Bible), was used chiefly or wholly in the sense of strong or bold; as, a stout champion; a stout heart; a stout resistance, etc. At a later period it was used for thickset or bulky, and more recently, especially in England, the idea has been carried still further, so that Taylor says in his Synonyms: “The stout man has the proportions of an ox; he is corpulent, fat, and fleshy in relation to his size.” In America, stout is still commonly used in the original sense of strong as, a stout boy; a stout pole.
adj 1: dependable; "the stalwart citizens at Lexington"; "a
stalwart supporter of the UN"; "stout hearts" [syn: stalwart]
2: euphemisms for `fat'; "men are portly and women are stout"
3: 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" [syn: hardy, stalwart, sturdy]
n 1: a strong very dark heavy-bodied ale made from pale malt and
roasted unmalted barley and (often) caramel malt with
2: a garment size for a large or heavy person