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stout

STOUT, a.

1. Strong; lusty.

A stouter champion never handled sword.

2. Bold; intrepid; valiant; brave.

He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man.

3. Large; bulky. [A popular use of the word.]

4. Proud; resolute; obstinate.

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

5. Strong; firm; as a stout vessel.

STOUT, n. A cant name for strong beer.




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STOUT, a.

1. Strong; lusty.

A stouter champion never handled sword.

2. Bold; intrepid; valiant; brave.

He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man.

3. Large; bulky. [A popular use of the word.]

4. Proud; resolute; obstinate.

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

5. Strong; firm; as a stout vessel.

STOUT, n. A cant name for strong beer.


STOUT, a. [D. stout, bold, stout, stooten, to push; Dan. stöder, to push; studser, to strut. The primary sense is to shoot forward or to swell.]

  1. Strong; lusty. A stouter champion never handled sword. – Shak.
  2. Bold; intrepid; valiant; brave. He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous man. – Clarendon.
  3. Large; bulky. [A popular use of the word.]
  4. Proud; resolute; obstinate. The lords all stand to clear their cause, / Must resolutely stout. – Daniel.
  5. Strong; firm; as, a stout vessel. – Dryden.

STOUT, n.

A cant name for strong beer. – Swift.


Stout
  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. A strong malt liquor; strong porter.

    Swift.
  3. 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.

  4. Firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout vessel, stick, string, or cloth.
  5. Large; bulky; corpulent.

    Syn. -- Stout, Corpulent, Portly. 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.

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Stout

STOUT, adjective

1. Strong; lusty.

A stouter champion never handled sword.

2. Bold; intrepid; valiant; brave.

He lost the character of a bold, stout magnanimous man.

3. Large; bulky. [A popular use of the word.]

4. Proud; resolute; obstinate.

The lords all stand to clear their cause, most resolutely stout

5. Strong; firm; as a stout vessel.

STOUT, noun A cant name for strong beer.

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