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Etymology

from O.Fr. estout "brave, fierce, proud," earlier estolt "strong," from W.Gmc. *stult- "proud, stately" (cf. M.L.G. stolt "stately, proud," Ger. stolz "proud, haughty, arrogant, stately"), from PIE base *stel- "to put, stand." Meaning "strong in body, powerfully built" is attested from c.1386, but has been displaced by the (often 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.

Pronunciation

Noun

stout

Singular
stout

Plural
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stout ({{{1}}})
  1. A dark and strong malt liquor made with toasted grain.
  2. A strong porter.

Adjective

stout (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
stout

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Strong; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular; hence, firm; resolute; dauntless.
  2. Proud; haughty; arrogant; hard.
  3. Firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout vessel, stick, string, or cloth.
  4. Large; bulky; corpulent.

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