- The definition of a stump is the part remaining after the main part has been removed.
- An example of a stump is the bottom part of a plant or tree after most of the stem or trunk has been removed.
- An example of a stump is the bottom of a tooth after the top has cracked or broken off.
- Stump is defined as to confuse.
An example of stump is asking someone the answer to a very difficult riddle.
- the lower end of a tree or plant remaining in the ground after most of the stem or trunk has been cut off
- anything like a stump; specif.,
- the part of a limb or tooth left after the rest has been cut off, broken off, etc.
- the part of anything left after the main part is gone; butt; stub: the stump of a pencil
Origin of stumpfrom earlier use of tree stumps as speakers' platforms the place where a political speech is made; political rostrum: a fig. usage
- the sound of a heavy, clumsy, tramping step
- such a step
- a pointed roll of leather or paper used for shading drawings in charcoal, pencil, crayon, pastel, etc.
- [pl.]Slang the legs
- Cricket any of the three upright sticks of a wicket
Origin of stumpMiddle English stumpfe, probably from or akin to Middle Low German stump from Indo-European an unverified form stomb- from base an unverified form steb(h)- from source stamp, staff
- to reduce to a stump; lop
- to remove stumps from (land)
- to travel over (a district), making political speeches; canvass
- to tone down or soften with a stump (sense )
- Informal to stub (one's toes, etc.)
- Informal to puzzle, perplex, or baffle
- Cricket to put (a batsman) out by striking a bail from the wicket with the ball while the batsman is out of his or her ground: said of the wicketkeeper
- to walk with a heavy, clumsy, thumping step, as with a wooden leg
- to travel about, making political speeches
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- The part of a tree trunk left protruding from the ground after the tree has fallen or has been felled.
- A part, as of a branch, limb, or tooth, remaining after the main part has been cut away, broken off, or worn down.
- a. stumps Informal The legs.b. An artificial leg.
- Derogatory A short, thickset person.
- A heavy footfall.
- A place or an occasion used for political or campaign oratory: candidates out on the stump.
- A short, pointed roll of leather or paper or wad of rubber for rubbing on a charcoal or pencil drawing to shade or soften it.
- Sports Any of the three upright sticks in a cricket wicket.
verbstumped, stump·ing, stumps
- To reduce to a stump.
- To clear stumps from: stump a field.
- To stub (a toe or foot).
- To walk over heavily or clumsily.
- To traverse (a district or region) making political speeches.
- To shade (a drawing) with a stump.
- To challenge (someone); dare.
- To cause to be at a loss; baffle: stumped the teacher with a question.
- To walk heavily or clumsily.
- To go about making political speeches.
Origin of stumpMiddle English stumpe possibly from Middle Low German stump
- The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
- (politics) The place where a campaign takes place.
- (politics) An occasion at which the campaign takes place.
- (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.
- (drawing) An artists' drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, ContÃ© crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
- A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
- (slang, humorous) A leg.
- to stir one's stumps
- 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.
- A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
(third-person singular simple present stumps, present participle stumping, simple past and past participle stumped)
- to stop, confuse, or puzzle
- (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
- This last question has me stumped.
- (intransitive) to campaign
- He's been stumping for that reform for months.
- (US, colloquial) to travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speeches for electioneering purposes
- (cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
- (cricket) to bowl down the stumps of (a wicket)
- (intransitive) to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge
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 *stÃb(h)-, *stemb(h)- (“to support, stamp, become angry, be astonished"). Cognate with Middle Dutch stomp (“stump"), Old High German stumph (German Stumpf, “stump"), Old Norse stumpr (“stump"). More at stop.