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 for Stouter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stout \Stout\ (stout), a. [Compar. Stouter (stout"[~e]r);
     superl. Stoutest.] [D. stout bold (or OF. estout bold,
     proud, of Teutonic origin); akin to AS. stolt, G. stolz, and
     perh. to E. stilt.]
     1. Strong; lusty; vigorous; robust; sinewy; muscular; hence,
        firm; resolute; dauntless.
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              With hearts stern and stout.          --Chaucer.
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              A stouter champion never handled sword. --Shak.
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              He lost the character of a bold, stout, magnanimous
              man.                                  --Clarendon.
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              The lords all stand
              To clear their cause, most resolutely stout.
                                                    --Daniel.
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     2. Proud; haughty; arrogant; hard. [Archaic]
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              Your words have been stout against me. --Mal. iii.
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              Commonly . . . they that be rich are lofty and
              stout.                                --Latimer.
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     3. Firm; tough; materially strong; enduring; as, a stout
        vessel, stick, string, or cloth.
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     4. Large; bulky; corpulent.
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     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.
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