Stump definition

stŭmp
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.

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Stump is defined as to confuse.

An example of stump is asking someone the answer to a very difficult riddle.

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An artificial leg.
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(sports) Any of the three upright sticks in a cricket wicket.
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(informal) The legs.
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(cricket) Any of the three upright sticks of a wicket.
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The sound of a heavy, clumsy, tramping step.
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Such a step.
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The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
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(politics) The place where a campaign takes place.
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(politics) An occasion at which the campaign takes place.
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(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.
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(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.
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A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
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(slang, humorous) A leg.

To stir one's stumps.

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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.
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A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
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(intransitive) To baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.

This last question has me stumped.

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(intransitive) To campaign.

He's been stumping for that reform for months.

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(US, colloquial) To travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speeches for electioneering purposes.
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(cricket, of a wicket keeper) To get a batsman out stumped.
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(cricket) To bowl down the stumps of (a wicket)
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(intransitive) To walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge.
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(informal) To stub (one's toes, etc.)
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(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.
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A heavy footfall.
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To traverse (a district or region) making political speeches.
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To shade (a drawing) with a stump.
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To reduce to a stump; lop.
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To remove stumps from (land)
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To travel over (a district), making political speeches; canvass.
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(informal) To puzzle, perplex, or baffle.
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To walk with a heavy, clumsy, thumping step, as with a wooden leg.
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To travel about, making political speeches.
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A part, as of a branch, limb, or tooth, remaining after the main part has been cut away, broken off, or worn down.
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To walk over heavily or clumsily.
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The part of a tree trunk left protruding from the ground after the tree has fallen or has been felled.
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A part, as of a branch, limb, or tooth, remaining after the main part has been cut away, broken off, or worn down.
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(derogatory) A short, thickset person.
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A place or an occasion used for political or campaign oratory.

Candidates out on the stump.

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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.
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To reduce to a stump.
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To clear stumps from.

Stump a field.

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To stub (a toe or foot).
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To challenge (someone); dare.
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To cause to be at a loss; baffle.

Stumped the teacher with a question.

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To walk heavily or clumsily.
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To go about making political speeches.
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The lower end of a tree or plant remaining in the ground after most of the stem or trunk has been cut off.
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Anything like a stump.
  • 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.
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The place where a political speech is made; political rostrum.
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A pointed roll of leather or paper used for shading drawings in charcoal, pencil, crayon, pastel, etc.
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(slang) The legs.
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To tone down or soften with a stump.
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up a stump
  • unable to act, think, answer, etc.; in a dilemma; perplexed
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of stump

  • Middle English stumpe possibly from Middle Low German stump

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 (German Stumpf, “stump"), Old Norse stumpr (“stump"). More at stop.

    From Wiktionary