Stump Definition

stumped, stumping, stumps
The lower end of a tree or plant remaining in the ground after most of the stem or trunk has been cut off.
Webster's New World
Anything like a stump.
Webster's New World
A part, as of a branch, limb, or tooth, remaining after the main part has been cut away, broken off, or worn down.
American Heritage Medicine
The sound of a heavy, clumsy, tramping step.
Webster's New World
An artificial leg.
American Heritage
stumped, stumping, stumps
To reduce to a stump; lop.
Webster's New World
To remove stumps from (land)
Webster's New World
To walk with a heavy, clumsy, thumping step, as with a wooden leg.
Webster's New World
To stub (one's toes, etc.)
Webster's New World

To tone down or soften with a stump.

Webster's New World
up a stump
  • unable to act, think, answer, etc.; in a dilemma; perplexed
Webster's New World

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Origin of Stump

  • 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

  • Middle English stumpe possibly from Middle Low German stump

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

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