stout

Stout describes something fat, dependable, or rugged. If someone calls you stout, ask them exactly what they mean before bursting into tears and skipping dinner. It could be a compliment!

Most supermodels would not want to be described as stout, which is often a nicer way of saying "fat." But a little teapot doesn't mind being "short and stout." Something stout is dependable, too, like your favorite snow boots that keep your feet dry winter after winter. Since it also means "sturdy," if you call that supermodel stout when he prances through the finish line of a triathlon, he'll just pump his fist in agreement.

Definitions of stout
1

adj having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships

stout seamen”
Synonyms:
hardy, stalwart, sturdy
robust
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction

adj dependable

stout hearts”
Synonyms:
stalwart
resolute
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

adj euphemisms for `fat'

Synonyms:
portly
fat
having an (over)abundance of flesh

n a garment size for a large or heavy person

Type of:
size
the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

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

Types:
Guinness
a kind of bitter stout
Type of:
ale
a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

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