• Stump


    • IPA: /stʌmp/
    • Rhymes: -ʌmp


    From Middle English stumpe, stompe ("stump"), from or akin to Middle Low German stump ("stump"), from Proto-Germanic *stumpaz ("stump, blunt, part cut off"), from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb(h)-, *stemb(h)- ("to support, stamp, become angry, be astonished"). Cognate with Middle Dutch stomp ("stump"), Old High German stumph ("stump") (German Stumpf), Old Norse stumpr ("stump"). More at stop.

    Full definition of stump



    (plural stumps)
    1. The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
    2. (politics) The place where a campaign takes place.
    3. (politics) An occasion at which the campaign takes place.
    4. (cricket) One of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball.
    5. (drawing) An artists’ drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
    6. A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
    7. (slang, humorous) A leg.to stir one's stumps
    8. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt except when the gates of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key.
    9. A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.


    1. (transitive) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
    2. (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.''This last question has me stumped.
    3. (intransitive) to campaignHe’s been stumping for that reform for months.
    4. (transitive, US, colloquial) to travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speeches for electioneering purposes
    5. (transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
    6. (transitive, cricket) to bowl down the stumps of (a wicket)
      • TennysonA herd of boys with clamour bowled,
        And stumped the wicket.
    7. (intransitive) to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge

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