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strong and sturdy

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stout - sturdy

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If you are ‘stout’ then you have both the physical and mental capability to resist or endure great hardships. In that sense, the word implies sturdiness and dependability. While that is complimentary, ‘stout’ can also be used as a euphemism for somebody who is fat. Therefore it can have either positive or negative connotations depending on the context.

Synonyms resolute
Antonyms timid

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  1. My attempts to force through reforms met unexpectedly stout resistance. I might have to admit defeat on this one.

  2. Even though it’s for charity, I don’t think I can run the marathon. I’m a little too stout for that sort of activity!

  3. When I commissioned the architect for the new building, I asked her to emphasize structural stoutness over style.

  4. Chris stoutly denied that he had taken the money from the till. I’m inclined to believe him.

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